Vanessa has been a part of CYC for the past 5 years and has served the organization in a number of leadership roles including co-chair, legislative committee member, and facilitator. She also spoke at several legislative hearings for AB 196 as well as participate in the quarterly CDSS Director meetings. Before working for CYC, Vanessa worked for Riverside Department of Social Services where she would work along side extended foster care youth, social workers and local policy makers to make Riverside Social Services a better place. Vanessa now acts as CYC's statewide Legislative coordinator where she works with CYC youth to make sure their voice is at the table where statewide decisions happen regarding the foster system. As a former member and former foster youth, Vanessa brings a unique perspective and a driven work ethic in her approach to statewide policy implementation. Vanessa’s passion for youth empowerment is her motivating force in her personal and professional lives. Vanessa plans to pursue a BA at Sacramento State University in 2014.