National Mall and Memorial Parks
Vanessa Colegio was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in Laredo, Texas. In 2018, she graduated from Texas A&M International University where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology. During her undergrad, she worked for the university where she gained her experience managing volunteers and outreach. In 2019, she was given the opportunity by the Latino Heritage Internship Program to intern for the National Park Service at the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), in Washington, D.C. Being a first-generation Hispanic female working for the parks service gives her motivation to broaden the diversity amongst America’s front yard. Vanessa hopes to educate, bring awareness to underrepresented communities, and share what the park service has to offer. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public administration and become an efficient civil servant that can positively contribute to society within the Federal Government. Now as a CVA, Vanessa will continue connecting with the community and work with the amazing volunteers who are essential in making NAMA what it is, America’s most visited national park.