Vanessa has over a decade of experience building and leading teams, starting and scaling winning campaigns, and managing complex climate projects.
Prior to joining CELEF, Vanessa served as the Eastern Regional Director for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign where she helped swiftly scale the campaign—including overseeing work in 15 states—after Sierra Club received a $50 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Before her time at the Sierra Club, Vanessa served as the executive director of the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah) where she spearheaded the creation of a carbon-free, nuclear-free blueprint for powering the Beehive State. In addition to her energy policy work, she has expertise on a variety of nuclear issues, including waste, weapons, and power. Vanessa is an alumna of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, and holds a B.A. from Grinnell College.