Vanessa is a Program Associate specializing in Cybersecurity on NDI’s Democracy and Technology team. Before joining NDI, Vanessa worked as the Compliance Officer at a cybersecurity start-up, focusing specifically on data privacy. As an undergraduate, she completed her capstone project on international development. Vanessa worked closely with community health workers in Palestine to study the root causes of vaccine hesitancy and develop educational materials to increase vaccination rates. Vanessa holds a BA in Leadership & Public Policy and Spanish Language from the University of Virginia, where she spent a semester studying Spanish in Valencia, Spain.