Vanessa Barrios is an associate planner at RPA. She conducts research and outreach on projects related to affordable housing, community engagement and equitable economic development in the region. Prior to joining RPA in 2016, she worked as case manager, housing navigator and outreach worker at People Assisting the Homeless, a homeless service organization that serves the Greater Los Angeles area. Vanessa has a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and a master’s in urban planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University where she focused on international development planning. This specialization culminated in an analysis of local economic growth in the 30 regions of Tanzania and provided recommendations for industry potential and quality of life improvements.