Vanessa grew up in a politically active household that values civic involvement and social justice. This upbringing developed into a lifelong dedication to community and political organizing.

In her mother’s footsteps, she started her career in the labor movement organizing farmworker with the United Farmworkers Union in Central California. Throughout the past ten years, Vanessa has continued to work on issues addressing workers rights and economic inequality. She has led several local and statewide political field campaigns. Through her work with the Labor Movement, Vanessa organized and coordinated countless successful internal elections, lobbied for statewide policies and organized large rallies and events. She has also worked with several unions (SEIU, AFSCME and UPTE) to design and implement organizational program, focusing on developing staff competency, member political engagement and leadership growth.

At the University of California, Santa Cruz, she focused on local level community development (B.A. in Community Studies). At New School University in New York, she conducted a comparative analysis of historical strategies used to produce progressive change (M.A. in Historical Studies and Political Science).

Vanessa’s interests include hiking and traveling. In 2010, she hiked the entire John Muir trial traversing 247 miles and 12 mountain passes. During the years of 2012 – 2014, she took a job traveling the globe teaching US college students, international development theory.

Vanessa is currently working with SEIU Local 1021 to coordinate their upcoming convention.


Vanessa Rhodes

Updated on 2016-05-11T22:43:18+00:00, by aapifund.