Academy Staff

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Vanessa Nisperos, LMSW

Associate Program Director

Vanessa Nisperos has more than 15 years of experience leading program design and delivery in community-based mental health and youth serving organizations. As the Associate Program Director, she engages partner organizations to co-design trauma-informed and equity-centered programs for New York City providers. Prior to joining the Academy, she managed a community-based mental health site through Connections to Care (C2C), an initiative of Thrive NYC. Vanessa is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and trains providers in behavioral health, mindfulness, and healing intergenerational trauma. She earned an LMSW through the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College’s Community Organizing program.