Vanessa was born and raised in Parlier, California. Prior to joining Power California, Vanessa interned with the Korean Resource Center in Orange County, where she did civic engagement and community organizing. She came back to the Central Valley with a mindset of creating opportunities and a safe space for the youth in her county. With 99Rootz Vanessa is now helping to build and hold space for youth where they can show up as their whole selves while also learning how to make change in their community. When not doing youth organizing you can catch Vanessa listening to Indie music and making DIY face masks.