Vanessa Descalzi is the director of media relations for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Vanessa has deep experience in education public affairs, having previously served as the managing director of national communications for Teach For America. In that role, she helped launch many of the national organization’s strategic initiatives – from promoting computer science education to supporting students and teachers in special education classrooms – shining a spotlight on critical movements and communities within education. Having begun her career as an English teacher in Maryland, Vanessa also spent time working on integrated federal and state communications campaigns for a boutique D.C public affairs agency, representing clients across the health care and financial technology industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, and a master’s degree in secondary education, from the University of Maryland – as well as a master’s degree in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College.