Vanessa is a Youth Leading the World Facilitator and has been actively involved as a volunteer with OzGREEN since 2008. She currently works with the Australian Stroke Foundation as Community Engagement Coordinator NSW and ACT. She has a BA (Political, Economic & Social Sciences with an Anthropology Major). Vanessa was elected as an independent to local government in 2012, as a Councillor for Warringah, 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.