Vanessa Whang

Vanessa Whang is a thought partner to funders and organizations engaged with culture and social change. Her inquiries grapple with how to achieve social justice in a diverse nation built on the legacies of inequality and how a deeper understanding of culture can be key to finding a path forward. Previously, she served as Director of Programs for California Humanities, responsible for the strategic design, development, and evaluation of programs. In New York, Vanessa consulted on cultural equity, changing demographics, and program evaluation for Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and others. In DC, she served as Director of Multidisciplinary Arts and Presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts. Vanessa started in the field as a community cultural activist, performing arts presenter, and recording/touring musician. She serves on the boards of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond, CA) and The Whitman Institute (SF), a trust-based funder for social good.