Vanessa Rhinesmith

Vanessa Rhinesmith

Associate Director, digital HKS
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Vanessa has spent much of her professional career, in a variety of private and public organizations, leading projects, improving programs, enhancing organizations, and strengthening cultural dynamics built on a foundation of inquiry, collaboration, and trust.

Prior to digital HKS, Vanessa was the Program Manager for the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program a collaboration between the Ford Foundation and the Mozilla Foundation – is a ten month fellowship program that brings together technology talent and civil society organizations from around the world to advance, protect, and enable the open internet. Vanessa supported activist-technologists on the front lines of the open internet movement within civil society organizations from around the globe.

Vanessa leverages a unique set of business, digital, and programmatic acumen that comes from work within various industry and nonprofit sectors. She has developed community engagement strategies to identify and apply technology trends, while leveraging project management tools to enhance process and catalyze new community relationships. Vanessa received her MBA from Simmons School of Management (MA) and BA in Marketing from Fairfield University (CT). She is currently pursing her MPP from Simmons University with a focus on intersectionality and human rights.

Contact Information

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F Kennedy Street
mailbox 131
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617 998 1512
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