Program Officer - Jewish Life
As a program officer at Rose Community Foundation, Vanessa Bernier oversees the Jewish Life program area. Before joining Rose Community Foundation, Bernier worked in synagogue operations in New York and New Jersey, producing experiential and sacred communal events to welcome and connect people to Jewish Life and to each other.
Bernier graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. She previously volunteered as an instructor at Literacy Partners, a nonprofit organization that works to help adults achieve basic literacy skills. She also volunteered in Thailand, working with trafficked women and children, and was a youth advocate at the PRIDE Center, which works with LGBT youth in foster care. In her free time, Vanessa is a certified vinyasa yoga instructor and recruits her friends for free yoga classes. She also enjoys exploring the mountains with her dog.