Redmond City Council, Vice President
Vanessa Kritzer grew up in the Bridle Trails neighborhood and now is raising her family in Redmond. Before joining the Council, Vanessa served on the City of Redmond’s Planning Commission. She brings experience from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Vanessa spent years working in DC for environmental and international human rights organizations, including the League of Conservation Voters and the Latin America Working Group. She has also worked at Microsoft on smart city and healthcare technology that helps make communities healthier, safer, and more sustainable.
Vanessa holds MBA and MPA degrees from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. During graduate school, she was appointed by Governor Inslee to serve as the sole student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents. She loves volunteering and has served on the boards of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, the Anti-Defamation League – Pacific Northwest, and Graduate Washington. An avid outdoor enthusiast, you’ll often see Vanessa walking around Redmond’s trails with her toddler in a hiking backpack in her spare time; and if she’s not outside, she is probably indoors playing a strategic board game.