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Vanessa Timmons has been a writer, activist, and women’s health advocate for over 25 years. She attended Marylhurst University’s Multidisciplinary Studies Program in Portland, Oregon, and has continued her formal education through certificates and training, including the Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma Certification Program at Portland State University. Vanessa has served as the Director of Programs at Raphael House of Portland, a Northwest regional field organizer for the National Organization for Women, and the domestic violence program coordinator for the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office, in addition to serving OCADSV in the past as the Women of Color Coordinator and Board Chair.

Areas of expertise:

  • Neurobiology of trauma
  • Board development
  • Strategic planning
  • Trauma-informed services
  • DV/SA trauma-informed advocacy
  • Cultural competency
  • Anti-oppression, anti-racism, internalized oppression