Vanessa is a Youth Leading the World Facilitator and has been actively involved as a volunteer with OzGREEN since 2008. Vanessa represented Australia at the Youth Precursor to the G8 Summit in 2008. She currently works as a NSW Compliance Officer for reducing carbon emissions with National Carbon Bank of Australia. This work is under the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS). She has a BA (Political, Economic & Social Sciences). Vanessa was elected as an independent to local government in 2012, as a Councillor for Warringah till 2016, and served on the Social LRC for the Northern Beaches Council. She has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for Service to the Community by The Order of Australia and is passionate about community service.