Vanessa is currently the State Department’s Russian-Language Spokesperson and Deputy Director of the Brussels Media Hub. She has served previously at U.S. embassies in Riga, Moscow, Mexico City, and Tbilisi. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, she worked as a crisis communications consultant in Latin America. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Saint Thomas in her hometown, Houston, Texas. She speaks six languages.