Vanessa was born in Los Angeles, California. She has her BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, her MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Pennsylvania and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently a research assistant at Harvard Divinity School and the co-host of the podcast, Harry Potter & The Sacred Text. She is working on a book about Jane Eyre. This will be her 7th year proctoring and her dog, Rory Hermione Gilmore's 5th year proctoring.