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Vanessa Sedano, Agent of Change and Advocate for the Homeless
Appointed Commissioner of the Blue-Ribbon Commission
Vanessa Sedano, MPA is the Managing Director of Housing Services of The Whole Child. She joined the organization in July of 2011 to construct the foundation of the newly acquired Family Housing Program. Vanessa manages the housing department's daily operations and growth strategy. During her tenure, she has successfully secured government contracts that have provided housing opportunities for homeless families in the region. Under her leadership, The Whole Child Housing services have incorporated Imagine Whittier, a family mentorship program for clients needing additional support for success.
Vanessa has over twenty years of experience working in the social service sector. She is passionate about being an agent of change by providing valuable services to a diverse community. She represents the needs of our service region in various committees such as the Regional Homelessness Advisory Council and Chairs SPA 7 Homeless Coalition. As the Secretary of Golden Rule Community Development Cooperation, she has assisted in the development of low-income units for homeless veterans and families. She was appointed by Janice Hahn as Commissioner of the Blue-Ribbon Commission, to provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisor of best practices to better assist the homeless population and improve current systems.
Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA, and her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, CA.
Vanessa enjoys galloping through Jurupa Valley Hills with her four-legged friend, Gitano. In her spare time, she volunteers her time at various non-profit organizations, she believes giving your time is the most unselfish, caring thing you can do to make a difference.