Vanessa Vázquez-Center for International Policy & Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Vanessa Vázquez

CIPI Research Alumni


Vanessa Vázquez is a graduate of the Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, where she focused on International Development and Immigration Policy. In her first year at Heinz, she was selected as one of 50 Americans to participate in the Young Leader’s Dialogue with America in Prague, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Institute of Education. Vázquez interned in Montevideo, Uruguay as the Partnership, Coordination and Marketing Implementation Lead for TechBridgeWorld’s iSTEP (Innovative Student Experience) program, which uses technology for development.

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Vázquez spent four years working with immigrant families in Northern California on community transformation, where she worked on a variety of social and academic development projects with youth involving many community partners. Vázquez graduated with a double major in Political Science and Peace & Justice Studies from Tufts University in 2006. As a CIPI Research Associate, her work focused on the issue of preventing electoral violence in sub-Saharan Africa.