Vanessa Waserman has 15 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors. Vanessa started her career on the Obama 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and also served as an appointee in President Obama’s administration as a Congressional Relations Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. In 2013, Vanessa made the transition to the nonprofit sector and has held leadership positions at the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Taproot Foundation. In her current role as Senior Vice President of Development at After-School All-Stars, she oversees fundraising for the National office and manages a team that provides support to chapters. Vanessa holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Loras College and an M.A. in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University. She is also a certified Yoga instructor who is working to integrate her practice into daily life.