Vanessa is a 15-year government veteran and a well-known biological threat, COVID-19, biodefense and public health expert. She has worked across the interagency and multi-national fora and is a leader, manager, and entrepreneur.  She has worked around the globe building strategies and plans for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear planning response and recovery efforts.  She excels at risk mitigation, strategy, public health response, and small business creation. Her experience and goals include developing mid-to-long term strategies, recovery plans, and creative measures to ensure the U.S., its strategic interests, international partners, the economy, and small businesses are able to adapt and succeed in any environment. Strong community and social services professional with a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in National Security and Global Medical Health Policy.