Vanessa Smith is the Research & Outreach Director and founding partner at 3×3. She elicits human insights in varied contexts to expand existing economies and services alongside urban growth. Prior to 3×3, she led program development and research initiatives at UN-HABITAT, the City of Chicago, and El Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. She has partnered across sectors and conducted extensive outreach for entrepreneurialism, and livelihood and cultural programs in Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and New York. Vanessa has lectured at IlT School of Design and Columbia University. She was an Institute for Latin America Fellow and a William Kinne Post-Graduate Recipient for her work in Rio surrounding social network analysis and new stakeholder engagement tools. Vanessa holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University and an AB honors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

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