VANESSA AGUDELO

DEMOCRAT FOR COUNCIL

VANESSA AGUDELO

A proud first-generation Colombian-American, Vanessa Agudelo is an organizer in the Hudson Valley passionate about empowering people to engage their elected leaders and foster systemic change from the bottom up. After finishing her bachelor studies in international politics and archaeology at Penn State, Vanessa moved back to Peekskill to make a difference locally and address the issues facing the community that had raised her. She swiftly joined the fight against the Spectra natural gas pipeline expansion and later became appointed to the city’s Conservation Advisory Council. It was Vanessa’s environmental advocacy and commitment to justice that convinced voters to honor her by making her the youngest person to ever be elected in the city of Peekskill at 25 years old in 2017, and is currently completing her first term on the Common Council. Vanessa currently is the New York Immigration Coalition’s Hudson Valley Member Engagement Manager and worked alongside coalition partners to pass the “Greenlight” bill in 2019, giving all residents of the state of New York access to driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status.

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