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Vanessa is a New York City-born and based blogger, activist, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is one of the founders of the award-winning online feminist publication,, which she co-founded with Jessica Valenti in 2004.

Vanessa is also a strategist for various social change institutions, sharing her passion and experience in movement-building through Valenti Martin Media, a communications consultancy she founded with partner Courtney Martin. Valenti Martin also creates collaborative projects for social impact, the most recent being #femfuture, an initiative on sustainability and impact in online feminism, born out of
a report written by Valenti and Martin that was commissioned by The Barnard Center for Research on Women. 

For the last decade, Vanessa has been conspiring and collaborating with dozens of social change organizations across the globe, including TED, UN Women, The Clinton Global Initiative, Population Action International, Girls for Gender Equity, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and The Gates Foundation. Her work and commentary has appeared in POLITICO, USA Today, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Houston Chronicle, and others.

Her most recent interests are in social entrepreneurship and gender justice, solutions-driven feminism, and the future of online movement-building.

Vanessa lives in Queens, NY with her husband and their two loving and overwhelmingly hyper cats.