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Bio


Hi! I'm Vanessa.

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Bio


Hi! I'm Vanessa.

Present day: Professional life

I invest in seed-stage public health tech startups at P2Health Ventures

PRESENT DAY: PERSONAL LIFE

With my insatiable wanderlust, I've traveled to over 30 countries on five continents and speak Spanish and Portuguese. Outside of work, you will find me taking photos, writing, enjoying music and dance from the African diaspora, yoga, whiskey and all things nerdy.

recent past: Professional life

At my consultancy Riveted Partners, I am a digital health product strategist for early-stage digital health startups specializing in early and new product development and user acquisition. To improve health outcomes, I unite design thinking and public health approaches to advise startups and other health innovators on leveraging digital health innovations to reduce health disparities. Prior, I led product development and marketing for ZeroDivide's eHealth portfolio. I fostered talent acquisition and investment opportunities for XX in Health, a community of female digital health entrepreneurs and healthcare executives at Rock Health, a digital health incubator.

distant past: Professional life

Previously, I conducted market research and competitive analysis to commercialize pharmaceutical and biotech products at C1 Consulting. As an early employee of a nonprofit startup providing educational programs for refugee youth, I led program development and strategic planning. I have facilitated strategic partnerships and organizational development for projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. I managed global health service design initiatives in Mozambique, Argentina and Brazil and supported mobile health product development for clients in West and East Africa.  I'm an alumna of Yale and Columbia Universities.

A small list of my big accomplishments

  • Connected 500,000 Africans to better health care services for the United Nations Millennium Villages Project.

  • Advised the Brazilian Ministry of Health on child and adolescent mental health policy development to improve care coordination.

  • Doubled the membership of XX in Health, a national community of female digital health entrepreneurs, and expanded the group to three new cities, leading to a successful acquisition.

  • Ran a half marathon AND raised nearly $3000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Advising


Advising

Advising


Advising

Advising

I advise startups, corporations, government agencies and community-based organizations on product strategy. Specific services include:

  • Market research and environmental analysis
  • Strategic planning (forecasting and business strategy)
  • Ideation and facilitation
  • Product evaluation
  • Training on specific population and behavior change issues

Board Appointments

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I serve on the Board of Directors for this Oakland nonprofit that teaches mindfulness meditation to at-risk and formerly incarcerated youth.

I serve on the advisory board for Morehouse School of Medicine's Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center's NIH research grant on health policy and health technology adoption within underserved communities.

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Speaking


Speaking

I speak about the intersection of public health and tech, innovative approaches to self-care and wellness as well as diversity in tech.

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Speaking


Speaking

I speak about the intersection of public health and tech, innovative approaches to self-care and wellness as well as diversity in tech.

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Recent speaking engagements

In November 2016, I spoke on a panel about investment opportunities for digital health for vulnerable populations at the African American Wellness Project's Summit on Tech Solutions for Healthier Communities of Color.

In November 2016, I spoke on a panel about investment opportunities for digital health for vulnerable populations at the African American Wellness Project's Summit on Tech Solutions for Healthier Communities of Color.

In October 2016, I spoke about hacking self-care and wellness in the context of diversity and inclusion in tech.

In October 2016, I spoke about hacking self-care and wellness in the context of diversity and inclusion in tech.

Past speaking engagements

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Writing


Writing

I write about the intersection of public health and tech in addition to diversity in tech.

Writing


Writing

I write about the intersection of public health and tech in addition to diversity in tech.

Recent Articles

Past Articles

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Press


Press

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Press


Press

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Honors

I was selected as one of 40 TEDMED Research Scholars, a cadre of experts that researches and reviews speakers for TEDMED's speaker selection process.

I was selected as one of 40 TEDMED Research Scholars, a cadre of experts that researches and reviews speakers for TEDMED's speaker selection process.

The 200 women on this list frequently update their Twitter accounts with insights, information, events, commentary about tech inclusion and about their own personal ventures and travels in and around the Tech Space.

The 200 women on this list frequently update their Twitter accounts with insights, information, events, commentary about tech inclusion and about their own personal ventures and travels in and around the Tech Space.

Recent Press