Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Vanessa Michel

Community Education & Engagement Manager


Vanessa has more than a decade working with immigrants from disadvantages communities in the San Joaquin Valley in California. Because of her own experience, to be Haitian-Mexican, she is always interested in working with immigrants to help them build a better community. Prior to joining Community Water Center (CWC), she worked at the General Consulate of Mexico in Sacramento. She hosted a radio show, “Escucha y házle la lucha”, to inform the community about different services such as social, labor rights and immigration attorneys; she also organized and coordinate different workshops about immigrants’ rights in Chico, California.

She graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), in International Relations, she has a Master degree in Social Anthropology from Nanterre, Paris X University and for 4 years she did her fieldwork about political rights of immigrants without papers on her study case at a labor camp in Wasco, California, with two publications, one in UC Berkeley and the second at UNAM, Mexico. Besides working with CWC, she has three adorable boys who made her life more enjoyable to keep fighting for a better future.

Sacramento Office, (916) 706-3346

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