For the last decade, Vanessa has developed tools, systems, and strategy that center the experiences and voices of working people to build meaningful coalitions for change. Vanessa is currently the Director of Advancement at Demos, serves on the Board of the Chicago Reader, and has supported work with the LIFT Fund, Resilience Force, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and United for Respect, amongst others. Most days you can find Vanessa curled up with a book and her cats in Chicago.