Venessa (she/her/hers) is a Queer Black Latina. She started a career in philanthropy beginning in 2014 at the Bush Foundation and then the Jerome Foundation—both in grantmaking and communications. She’s an alum of the inaugural cohort of the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship.

Venessa is an arts advocate and creative writer with deep roots in the Minneapolis literary community. She also has decades of experience in the Twin Cities nonprofit sector. Those who know Venessa well will tell you she loves the number five, radical imagination, butterflies, plants, and tarot. She lives on the southside of Minneapolis with her son and two needy Italian Greyhounds.

Contact Venessa if you have questions about HFJ’s website, media relations, growing transformative narrative practices, or general communications.

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