Vanessa La Torre

Youth Education & Wellness Manager

email: | P: 503-283-6881 | C: 503-512-9574

Recently moving into management, Vanessa joined Latino Network in 2015 to work with the Family and Youth Engagement team as a Family Engagement Specialist. She oversees Youth Education and Wellness programming, including Conexiones, Escalera, OYE and Making Proud Choices.

Previously, Vanessa worked at Cascade AIDS Project as the Youth HIV Education Coordinator, where she developed and implemented a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, positive youth-development sexuality education program. She is also a certified HIV testing counselor.

As a bicultural, first generation Latina, Vanessa is proud of her heritage and passionate about using her background in youth development, cross-cultural communication, and behavioral health to support parents and families.

Vanessa graduated from California State University Fullerton with a B.A. in Spanish and from Portland State University with a Master in Public Health.

She is involved in the community as a committee member and educator with Opciones y Education (OYE) Latino Sexual Health Coalition, as a committee member with Portland Latino Gay Pride, and has been a mentor to a young adult since 2008. In her free time, she likes barbequing, playing guitar, and being in nature. She loves how close Portland is to the mountains!