Vanessa holds a B.A. in Psychology from the California State University, Fullerton where she focused on cultural, developmental and cognitive psychology. Vanessa is interested in quantitative research used to highlight immigrant experiences and communities in the U.S. Prior to joining the Equity Research Institute, Vanessa helped develop a research project exploring the two-generation model in Head Start schools in the South Los Angeles region. Vanessa was raised in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, and as a daughter of refugee parents, she hopes to continue learning and supporting immigrant and marginalized communities through social justice work. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, volunteering in local food drives and participating in community outreach events.