Vanessa was born and raised in Paris and moved to the United States for college. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Communications and Social Advocacy from Emerson College. Prior to joining MIT, Vanessa worked at the Lycée Français de New York, where she led the relaunch of the school's alumni affairs efforts for its 14,000 alumni. Previously, she worked in alumni relations and development at Berklee College of Music and Brandeis International Business School. She enjoys hiking, traveling and meeting new people. Her next big adventure will be climbing to Everest Basecamp and visiting Nepal.