Vanessa Nazario was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Trenton, NJ. She has worked in the field of Community Development for over 20 years. Her career began at MECHA, a Hispanic based nonprofit organization providing home ownership training and counseling to low-to-moderate income families. In 1996, she joined PNC Bank where she worked in several roles within the Community Development Banking Department. In early 2017, she transition into a new role with RWJ University Hospital as Director of Diversity and Inclusion where she is responsible for diversity and inclusion and healthcare equity initiatives; she also oversees the Business Resource Groups.
Vanessa received her MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and also has Masters in Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She has a Non Profit Management Certificate from Seton Hall University and is certified as a Diversity Executive (CDE) from the Institute for Diversity Certification.