Vanessa Russell has developed children in the area of dance, teaching hundreds, ages 3-25, lyrical, flags, hip hop, mime, since 2000. In 2010 one of her 15 year old dance students was sold into human trafficking. Although she was eventually located and is now being restored, Vanessa encountered many others who, like her student, were US born women, men and children trapped in modern day slavery.
Her response was to launch Love Never Fails, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration, education and protection of people at risk of or currently being exploited. Since launching the program Love Never Fails has educated thousands of children and community members and opened two homes which provide safe housing for 26 women and up to 40 children a year.
Vanessa is also an accomplished Sr. leader at a Silicon Valley high tech company ; working 20 years in the IT industry leading technology and sales organizations. Her professional hope is to inspire and motivate people to develop business and themselves. She and her husband, Pastor Timothy Russell, are blessed to have a seven children, ages ranging from eight to twenty-six. Vanessa believes that the issue of human trafficking can be solved through love expressed in prayer, safe housing, mentoring, job training, outreach, and education.
Vanessa is the 2013 Jefferson Award winner. She also is the recipient of the 2015 Jesse Curtis Homeless Advocacy in Action Award, 2015 Hayward Heart award, and 2015 Top 20 Dynamic Women Owned Nonprofits.