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Vanessa is a New York City-born and based blogger, activist, speaker and strategist. 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 organizations and initiatives working towards social change, using her passion and experience in movement-building through Valenti Martin Media, a communications firm she founded with Feministing editor emerita Courtney Martin.  

For over a decade, Vanessa has been active doing off- and online work for social justice organizations and initiatives. Current and past clients and collaborators include 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.

Vanessa's most recent venture is #femfuture, an experiment in movement-building that develops solutions for sustainability and impact in 21st century feminism. The project was born out of an impact paper released in April 2012 which she co-authored with Martin, commissioned by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. 

She resides in Queens, NY with her partner and their two loving and overwhelmingly hyper cats.