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Vanessa Cortez Tanner


Vanessa Cortez Tanner is a consultant at Berry Communications, a political consulting firm based in Austin. She has served as campaign manager for several statewide races, most notably Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd’s successful 2014 election. She specializes in grassroots outreach and advocacy, political campaigns, event coordination and strategic planning.

Prior to Berry Communications, Tanner worked as the committee director for the Senate Committee on Administration during the 85th Legislature. Previously, she worked for ROSS Communications, an Austin-based public affairs firm where she managed client social media pages, strategized communication efforts based upon client needs and developed innovative methods to engage the client’s audience.

While at Texas State University, Tanner was involved in numerous student organizations and in 2013 was elected to represent 36,000-plus students as student body president. She remains involved with the university as a member of the Bobcat Club, Alumni Association, and as president of the Austin Alumni Chapter. She graduated in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations. She is married to a fellow Texas State alumnus, Cameron Tanner.