Vanessa Villa is a Regional Diversity Recruiter for Peace Corps. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2012-2014. During her service as a youth developer, Villa worked in a government institution supporting the creation of projects that advanced awareness and inclusion, developed community events targeting social issues and helped various community organizations build key skills. Her secondary projects included facilitating GLOW workshops and playing an active role in the creation and implementation of camps targeting xenophobia and increasing tolerance. Villa interned in Ukraine to lead the first cross-sector, locally funded initiative for the creation of an inclusive school that could incorporate special-needs children.
Villa was born and raised in inner-city Houston, Texas with parents of Latin American origin. She received her B.A. as a double major in psychology and government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and has recently graduated from the University of San Diego with a M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies. Her hobbies consist of reading, running, dancing, and ‘philosophizing’ in social circles (not necessarily in that order).