Vaneshia Reed

Vaneshia Reed

Pfaculty Deans' Aide
Vaneshia Reed

Hey Pfoho!

I am so excited to return to Pfoho as part of the Elf team to help make Pfoho the supportive home that it once was for me. I love to cook AND bake. Even more, I love to eat what I cook and bake, and truly believe that everything is basically better when food is involved. As a student, I helped plan our first Black History month celebration, which included catering different foods from the African Diaspora and planning weekly screenings of black films. This year, I am thrilled to also support the Race Relations team to empower you all to uplift issues and cultures you care about as well.

I graduated from Harvard in 2016 with a concentration in History of Science on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track, an African American Studies secondary and a Spanish citation. After graduation, I spent a year living in Salvador, Bahia exploring how Brazilians understand and combat structural racism. I then returned to Los Angeles to complete the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, an experiential, cross-sector leadership training program that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership in public affairs. Prior to returning to Pfoho, I worked as a strategy consultant in the public affairs arena for nearly 2 years. 

In addition to cooking/baking, I also love to workout, do yoga, dance, learn new languages, paint, and really anything that allows me to tap into my creative side. I’ve accepted that I will always have my hands in a lot of different stuff, what some have called being a Renaissance woman. This year is a year for me to take a leap of faith down the food path. No clue where it will take me, but I am excited to give myself permission to follow my heart!! 

If you ever want to talk about food, Hist of Sci, Af Am, going abroad, health & wellness, being an independent contractor, or just taking leaps of faith, I am happy to be a resource in any way I can. Come find me in the kitchen whipping up something, hopefully not burning anything ;)

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