Vanessa Casillas

Co-Leader, Indigenous Affinity Group

Vanessa Casillas was raised in Chicago and now calls Minneapolis home. She is a citizen of the Ho-chunk Nation and Mexican. She feels most empowered when building community and practicing Indigenous foodways. Prior to the pandemic you could find Vanessa working on hi-rises around Chicagoland and helping women enter the construction trades. Post-pandemic, her focus shifted to supporting her Native community by joining a team of Indigenous chefs making meals for Elders in the twin cities where her baking skills were put to use. She is now employed with Gatherings Cafe as their Business Manager and Internship Co-ordinator.

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