Vanessa brings to Bioneers two decades of experience in media production, communications, and education, and a long-standing passion for social equity and climate action. A certified Leader with the Climate Reality Project, Vanessa believes that we are living at a pivotal moment in human history, and that focusing on solutions is the best way to address the climate crisis. She recently created the award-winning animated film for children Worse Than Poop! – a short, funny movie about climate change, CO2 pollution, and clean transportation options.
Vanessa is also a proud member of New Day Films, distributor of her documentary The Insular Empire: America in the Mariana Islands. Featuring the stories of four indigenous island leaders in two American colonies, The Insular Empire aired nationally on PBS, and was recently featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Vanessa holds a Master’s in Communication from Stanford University, and a BA with honors from Bryn Mawr College. When she’s not operating the Bioneers traffic control tower or traveling the world, she’s cooking, playing with her cat, or learning the guitar in her multi-generational family home in Berkeley, CA.