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Vanessa J. Herman

Pace University
AVP, Government and Community Relations
NYC & Westchester, NY
Since February 2013, Vanessa J. Herman has served as the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations at Pace University. In this role Vanessa oversees the University’s Federal, State and local government relations portfolio and is the primary point of contact for the University’s 43 elected officials and staff who represent Pace throughout Westchester County and New York City. Vanessa also manages the University’s “town-gown” community relations throughout New York State and is an Adjunct Professor. Vanessa also serves as the President and Founder of Millennium Strategies Consulting, Inc. A firm she started in 1999 to provide government and public relations services to a small, select group of clientele.

Prior to joining Pace, Vanessa was Director of Government and External Relations at Applied DNA
Sciences, a bio-tech company that utilizes botanical DNA as a security measure and criminal deterrent.
Her responsibilities at Applied DNA, located on the campus of Stony Brook University, included creating
Legislative and community relations agendas; identifying, developing, and overseeing strategic business
partnerships; and identifying and pursuing federal and state grant opportunities.

Vanessa was the Assistant Director of Governmental Relations at Stony Brook for more than twelve
years from, 1999 to 2011. During this time she served as the university’s sole registered federal lobbyist
and was responsible for the creation and implementation of the University’s federal legislative agenda.
Her responsibilities included securing federal appropriations (earmarks), monitoring federal and state
higher-education policy, and promoting significant higher education legislative and policy oriented
issues. She interacted directly with elected officials at all levels of government, raising the University’s
profile and advancing its legislative agenda.

From 1991 to 1999, Vanessa served as a Press Secretary, Executive Assistant, and Director of Community
Relations for former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY) based in New York City. In addition to these roles, Vanessa got her start in politics working in the Senator’s Long Island Campaign Office.

Vanessa has an M.A. in Literature a B.A. in Political Science/Sociology both from Stony Brook University and a A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk County Community College. She and her
husband, New York Army National Guard Master Sergeant Mike Donohue (RET), reside in Long Island and
Manhattan.