Vanessa Cramer joined OCRA in 2017. She assists in developing OCRA’s policy agenda and steering advocacy strategy at federal and state levels, and helps track legislative and regulatory developments of interest.
Prior to joining OCRA, Vanessa worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Gary Ackerman and most recently, as Democratic staff for the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel. She also worked in the Government Relations Department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and in the private sector lobbying and consulting for a range of health care clients. Having worked in the government as well as private and non-profit sectors, she has experience in multiple aspects of policymaking.
Vanessa graduated from the University of Washington Honors College with a degree in Sociology. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis on the impact of state laws criminalizing HIV/AIDS exposure.