Vanessa is the Managing Director of the Austin Forum on Technology & Society. As the Founding Principal of Liaison Consulting LLC dba AustinRecruiter she has successfully provided recruitment marketing professional services since 2009. Her love of STEM attracted her to The Austin Forum as a volunteer in 2014. She became the video recorder in 2017 and was appointed managing director in 2019. She is currently finishing her degree in Sociology at the University of Texas and spends any free time she may have sleeping. Vanessa and her husband have two teenage boys.