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Vanessa Gonzalez

Vice President of Government & Political Affairs, GIFFORDS
Vanessa N. Gonzalez is a seasoned political and government affairs professional with more than 20 years of experience. Previously she has worked for the Obama administration, former Arizona governor Napolitano’s administration, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Outside of the government, she also held leadership roles at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Southern New Hampshire University, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. 

Her philanthropic efforts include previously serving on the board and as chair of The National Latina Institute on Reproductive Justice and fighting for equal access to reproductive health for Latina/x communities because all of us should have the power to make informed decisions about our bodies, families, and futures. 

Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas, and her master’s degrees in social work and public administration from Arizona State University.


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