President & CEO, Global Arts/Media
Five Words About Me:
Intelligent, creative, intense, committed, social
One Surprising Skill:
Above average knitter
A former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Vanessa Greene is an entrepreneur and a community development expert specializing in arts and cultural initiatives. With parallel careers in philanthropy, community development and the arts, Vanessa has successfully engaged in building community, expanding capacity, and creating opportunities in some of the nation’s most challenging urban and rural environments for more than thirty years. She has long recognized the role of the arts as a strategy for economic development, job creation, and community place-making.Additionally, Vanessa organizes federally licensed “people-to-people” exchanges that facilitate meaningful contact and dialogue between U.S. citizens and the Cuban people. Vanessa earned a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and an Executive MBA from Queens College, Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a professional photographer and a visual artist.