Vanessa is a North Carolina native and attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She then attended the University of Pennsylvania and received her Master of Social Work degree. During her time at the University of Pennsylvania, she had the privilege of working for the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania (HAP). At HAP, she learned that the driving principle behind housing policy and advocacy relies on a shared belief that “if you work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be able to afford a place to live.” She believes the work of The Partnership reflects that vision and provides a crucial platform for housing and homeless service providers to share and advocate for the needs of those it serves. In addition, her internship at CSH following graduation from her program encouraged her to broaden her understanding of homelessness and the multiple systems that influence the families and individual struggling with this issue. That is why she is excited to serve as the Data and Evaluation Specialist. The Partnership recognizes that an end to homelessness and the beginning of sustained housing stability relies heavily on data-informed, multi-disciplinary, and cross-sector partnerships.
Zaynab is serving as the spring intern from UNC Chapel Hill’s APPLES Service-Learning program. She is a senior, majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Arabic. She was drawn to working with the Partnership because she hopes to one day work with and lead nonprofits. She is excited to be working closely with the team, and hopes to learn more about the administrative and marketing side of nonprofits so that she can make a difference in her future career.