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Vanessa Cardenas

CardenasStrategies, LLC
Vanessa Cárdenas is a seasoned political strategist and policy expert on issues related to Latino political participation, immigration, demographic change, political communication, women’s political empowerment and disinformation. She is the President of CárdenasStrategies, LLC —a public affairs firm that specializes in government relations, advocacy, communications, and outreach strategies.

Her current projects include leading the Strategic Victory Fund’s engagement with civil rights groups around its Disinformation Defense project and strategizing on immigration advocacy with America's Voice.

Vanessa has had the privilege of working with some of the most renowned progressive organizations. She was the National Coalitions Director at the Biden presidential campaign where she oversaw its constituency work. Prior to this, she held various roles at EMILY’s List, a political action committee (PAC) that helps elect pro-choice Democratic women. She also led “Climático” at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) where she supported efforts towards a global climate agreement. Vanessa also served in various roles at the Center for American Progress (CAP) including Director for Ethnic Media and later Vice President for Progress 2050, a project focused on the implications of demographic change. Vanessa’s first job in DC was with the National Immigration Forum where she joined local and national allies in the struggle for a fair and just immigration system.
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