Vanessa Henson serves as the Communications and Events Director for the Area Development Partnership. She is responsible for the implementation of all Chamber marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities along with overseeing the planning and coordination of the organization’s monthly and signature events. Vanessa is a native of Prentiss, MS and grew up in Hattiesburg. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and received a B.A. in Communication. She began her career working with both national and local non-profits. Vanessa served as the Community Relations Director for Christian Services, Inc. where she designed and implemented all marketing and communications efforts. While there, she also managed, THRIVE a program that connected the undeserved population with access to pro bono legal counseling and financial education. Passionate about connecting people and resources, Vanessa values the opportunity to serve members through her time with the Chamber!