Vanessa Taylor

Vanessa Taylor is an international development professional with extensive experience working across sectors to implement sustainability strategies and programs. For the past eight years, her work has focused on advancing food and agricultural systems that are regenerative, resilient, inclusive, and equitable.

Vanessa has an established record of advising mission-driven companies, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurs in sustainability strategy, branding, reporting, and operations. She is accomplished in streamlining processes, promoting innovative solutions, and building partnerships to increase organizational efficiency and impact. Her international experience spans across Europe, Latin America, East and South Asia.

Prior to her role as a sustainability consultant, Vanessa served as assistant director at the Center on Global Food and Agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. As part of her position, she oversaw the content development and production for a portfolio of research and policy publications, including the Council’s annual global food security report. Her previous assignments include advising private sector clients on responsible supply chain practices and business development; strengthening regional food systems and alleviating food insecurity in California; and supporting capacity-building for smallholder farmers through agricultural extension programs in Nepal.  

Vanessa holds a Master of Development Practice (MDP) from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and anthropology from UC San Diego. She currently resides in Helsinki, Finland with her partner, Cioby; their daughter, Maya; and their Taiwanese rescue dog, Suki.