Vanessa works mainly with member cities and towns on a wide range of land use planning issues, comprehensive planning, ordinance review and development. She also participates in regional land use and transportation planning efforts.
Vanessa has more than 22 years of planning and development experience. In 2015, Vanessa launched Maine Design Workshop, a collaborative of Maine-based professionals to provide high quality planning, regulatory and development services. Before moving into private practice, Vanessa led town planning departments in small historic coastal towns in Massachusetts and Maine, including serving as Yarmouth’s Planning Director between 2009-15. Vanessa is also the co-founder of Build Maine, a former board member of the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and served for a number of years on the PACTS Planning Committee and Destination Tomorrow Long Range Transportation Plan Committee.
Vanessa obtained her degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada.