Vanessa is the rare visionary leader who is also good at setting up systems, creating programs, and collaborating with others. She brings two decades of experience reengineering non-profit organizations that serve marginalized populations, including the last several years in which her focus has been on expanding and streamlining programs for returning citizens. In 2019, she started Maryland Reentry Resource Center with a desire to use her experience, resources, and expertise to empower formerly incarcerated individuals to become thriving and productive citizens in the communities to which they return. Her inspiration is focused on upholding human dignity and creating opportunities that help individuals and organizations remove the social and financial barriers to success.
"Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits feed, shelter, educate, inspire, enlighten, and nurture people of every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status, from coast to coast, border to border, and beyond. They foster civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, and strengthen the fabric of our communities, every single day. Every person in the United States benefits from the work of nonprofits in one way or another, whether they realize it or not." (National Council of Non-profits) However, there is still much work to be done. I want to use my experience, skills and expertise to empower others that want to effect change in the world. I want to help build the next generation of nonprofits that will solve the world's social problems. I want to help the next generation of volunteers find where their skills are most needed.
I have created an online course that provides a blueprint for you to create, sustain, and grow a non-profit organization that will have impact, be sustainable, and allow you to walk in your vision and passion. The 3 day course is designed for:
Individuals with a desire to have a positive impact on their neighborhood, community, church, other group, or the world?
Individuals that think or know they want to start a non-profit organization and don’t know how to begin or what to expect?
Women with a passion or dream deferred.
Individuals that want to utilize their skills, knowledge, experience and expertise as volunteers within other organizations.
Fannie Lou Hamer Award, 2019, MLK Committee
Pi Gamma Mu, 2022
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, 1987