Vanessa Rodriguez is a Senior Vice President at Mercury Public Affairs. She is responsible for crafting and implementing public affairs and government relations strategies that support clients’ needs. Prior to joining Mercury, Vanessa led the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s local government advocacy team. The LA Area Chamber is the largest business association in Los Angeles County, serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region.
Vanessa understands the complex political and policy environment in California and Los Angeles and has helped shape public policy through her work on regulatory issues, health care initiatives and land use proposals. She is an expert in navigating the byzantine government bureaucracy to yield fast results for clients.
Vanessa is an appointee of State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to the California Organized Investment Network Advisory Board, which advises the California Department of Insurance on the best methods to increase the level of insurance industry capital in safe and sound investments while providing fair returns to investors and social benefits to underserved communities.
Community involvement is one of Vanessa’s hallmark interests. As such, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Skid Row Housing Trust, which aims to end homelessness in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles by providing affordable homes and the health care services needed to permanently break the cycle of homelessness.
Vanessa is a graduate of the University of Southern California.