Venessa Fuentes is a self-identified Philanthro-Nerd Of Color— a term she lovingly coined during her time as an inaugural Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow. In her role as Communications Program Manager, she uses the leadership skills and networks built up from years of service to local arts and human services nonprofits. She also brings a lifelong love of words and an equity lens to work every day. Despite her aversion to camping and cold weather, Venessa knows the Midwest is best. She lives in south Minneapolis with her wife, their son and their two dogs. She dreams of retiring in Paris with her wife and a stack of notebooks to write poems in.