Vanessa Huang brings leadership experience aligning resource and communications strategy with organizational growth and emerging initiatives — to lead and creative direct MSC’s advancement strategy across MSCs philanthropic partnership, strategic communications, and revenue innovation teams.
As MSC’s Senior Director of Advancement — and within MSC’s movement building approach to resourcing strong movement ecosystems — Vanessa grows and strengthens a dynamic network of philanthropic and ecosystem partners engaged in a shared vision and narrative for Transition to a world of interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.
Vanessa’s approach is deeply informed by a call-and-response practice as a multimedia poet, artist, and cultural worker – with almost 20 years of leadership, movement, and capacity building experience with leaders, organizations, and networks at the intersections of racial, economic, and trans/gender justice. Vanessa helped expand the anti-prison and gender liberation field as a Campaign and Communications Director running California policy campaigns involving funder organizing, narrative shift, and regional/statewide mobilization and national movement building; as a development, leadership expansion, and community organizing strategist with emergent organizations and national collaboratives; and as a producer of special events bridging cultural organizing with grassroots fundraising/power building and legislative campaigns to deepen coalitional relationships and strengthen values- and vision-based strategic alignment. Vanessa’s poetry collection, quiet of chorus (UpSet Press 2018), emerged from movement building to catalyze transformative change in partnership with people in women’s prisons, transgender women of color, and national/regional/local networks to counter state violence through decarceration, homecoming, and transformative justice while centering intergenerational leadership, resilience, and healing.
Vanessa also brings learnings and influence from the worker center field. As Development Director for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United in a time of dynamic growth – with #MeToo and #TimesUp champions partnering to illuminate One Fair Wage as a key policy solution to counter sexual harassment in the restaurant industry – Vanessa spearheaded alignment of collaborative organization-wide strategies and capacity building to scale expanding c3 and c4 fund development and donor organizing goals.
Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from Brown University and was a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California. A student of Yoga and Ayurveda, Vanessa completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Peachtree Yoga Center in Atlanta, Georgia.