Vanessa believes in embracing the power of diversity and how that strengthens our community. Growing up as a first-generation Mexican American, in a small town in Central Illinois, diversity and inclusion were not often celebrated. This experience was the driving force of her being an advocate for unrepresented communities. She strongly believes in DIEB work of dismantling systemic barriers, challenging biases to pave away for equal opportunities for all. Because everyone deserves a seat at the table.