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Vanessa Gueringer


A mother advocates for her neighborhood

Vanessa Gueringer, a wife and mother mainly devoted to her family before Katrina, returns home to her ravaged Lower 9th Ward neighborhood “with a fire lit” in her heart and mind. While struggling to rebuild her own home, she vows to fight for the revitalization of her decimated community. Working with ACORN, Vanessa becomes a powerful activist and a vocal thorn in the side of the local politicians who she deems apathetic or ineffective. In her quest to bring attention to her Lower 9th Ward community, Vanessa crosses paths with the likes of Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton and then presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Where is she now?

Vanessa Gueringer continues to advocate for her neighborhood and community as a board member of the organization A Community Voice. She deals with issues of disaster preparedness, civic engagement, and political advocacy for low and moderate-income families.