Vanessa J. Ndege '12
Though Vanessa received her Bachelors in Studio Art and Psychology, she was heavily involved in The Shepherd Program for the Interdisciplinary Study of Poverty and Human Capabilities. She took many core poverty courses including the final capstone course, and participated in a Shepherd internship and the Bonner Scholar program. Vanessa largely credits her experiences with the Shepherd Program for the initial steps she's taken in her career. During her senior year, she was selected for the Elrod Fellowship; a mentorship program designed to foster careers in the non-profit sector. Through the guidance of her mentors, she began working with the chronically homeless and severely mentally ill population in Washington, DC, at the non-profit, Pathways to Housing, DC. Her time at Pathways was challenging and incredibly eye-opening. Vanessa gained valuable first-hand exposure to both the mental health field and the social services sector. Working for a non-profit fueled her interest in organizational behavior theories; she's particularly interested in how non-profit organizations can be run with the same rigor and success as major for-profit corporations. She is currently working on a Masters in Industrial Organization at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.