Vanessa Rhodes Sodha (California) was born and raised in Fresno, California where she experienced first hand, the injustices of economic and social inequality. This provided her with a distinctive lens in approaching change, from the bottom up. She has forged a lifelong commitment to organizing and acting on her values. After graduate school, Vanessa started her career in the Labor Movement with the United Farm Workers Union and later the United Healthcare Workers’ Union. She worked tirelessly as an organizer leading successful internal elections, lobbying for statewide policies, and planning large rallies and events. In 2010, Vanessa began her work as a political consultant. In this role, she has focused on building internal capacity with unions, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations such as AFSCME, SEIU, and various ballot measure and candidate campaigns.
Approach to Coaching: I approach this work with passion and curiosity. I have a burning desire to make impactful changes and get past Band-Aid work. I recognize the importance of building up an army of change makers and I am enthusiastic to share what I know and eager to continue to learn from the work that others are doing because that is how we win.
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