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Vanessa Villanueva

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Vanessa Villanueva is a Research Associate in the Philanthropy Services Practice at CEA. Before joining CEA, Vanessa worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council as the RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellow where she led their West Coast Offshore Drilling Campaign and co-authored a paper on the role of the U.S. in the global shark fin market. Prior to this, Vanessa worked on the social and environmental impacts of Amazonian crude extraction and foreign exportation. As a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, she focused on the interaction between traditional knowledge and Western science, and how this shapes indigenous land management. Vanessa has a background in education and community engagement as a previous tutor for incarcerated men and as manager of a program for immigrant high school and college students.

Vanessa is from Guanajuato, Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy and a minor in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California Berkeley.