Vanessa Carter

Senior Data Analyst

Office: JEF 102 
Phone: 213.740.9638

Vanessa Carter has worked at PERE/CSII since 2008. Her work focuses on immigrant integration, regional equity and movement building.  She has co-authored several journal articles, reports, and a book chapter with PERE/CSII staff and affiliated faculty, most recently: “An Agenda for Equity: A Framework for Building a Just Transportation System in Los Angeles County” (with Manuel Pastor and Madeline Wander), and “What’s at Stake for the State: Undocumented Californians, Immigration Reform, and Our Future Together” (with Manuel Pastor, Enrico Marcelli, and Jared Sanchez). Carter holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and is a student at Fuller Theological Seminary.

She has conducted research for community organizations (i.e. Strategic Concepts in Organizing Policy Education, Second Baptist Church of LA) and foundations (i.e. The California Endowment). Trained in faith-rooted organizing, she leads the Justice, Advocacy, and Compassion ministry at her local church and writes thought pieces on the intersection of Christian activism and movement building.

Areas of Expertise:

  •     Writing for Social Change
  •     Immigrant Integration
  •     Faith-Based Social Movements


  • Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd., JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1291