Vanessa Grossl
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Multicultural Affairs Program Specialist at the Lexington Global Engagement Center

Vanessa Grossl works in Multicultural Affairs with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and helped open the Lexington Global Engagement Center in 2015. She serves on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission and works closely with a number of city and community partners, including the Kentucky Interpreter and Translator Association (KITA), where she has served as Director of Development and Marketing for the past 2 years.

Prior to joining the civil service, Vanessa spent nearly a decade as a foreign language teacher and received the 2013 Outstanding New World Languages Teacher Award presented by the Kentucky World Language Association. She also worked for the U.S. Embassy in Japan at the Agricultural Trade Office where she co-authored the 2007 Exporter Guide.  

Vanessa is committed to and passionate about her community, person-to-person exchange, economic integration, civic engagement, inclusion, and equity. She brings a unique, informed perspective, having lived on 5 continents and worked, traveled, and studied in 52 different countries/territories. These opportunities, complemented by her professional experience, have made her insightful on the impact of public policy and decision-making on both local and international levels. While she plans to continue to work toward improving the quality of life for those in Central Kentucky, as a native eastern Kentuckian, she also has a passion for Appalachia and serving as an ally with and advocate for marginalized and underrepresented people in many capacities.

Vanessa is active in numerous community organizations. She serves on the Blue Grass Community Foundation Board of Directors, is the Membership Hospitality/Assembly Chair for the Junior League of Lexington, and serves on its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the Board of Bluegrass Tomorrow, is a Lexington Forum member, and is a Leadership Lexington graduate.  

Vanessa’s undergraduate degrees are from the University of Louisville, where she participated in the Rotaract Club and International Service Learning Program. She completed her graduate degree at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Postgraduate work at Northern Kentucky University allowed her to earn Japanese Language and Social Studies Teaching Certificates. In 2018, Vanessa was appointed by the Kentucky Department of Education to their School Guidelines and Profiles Committee and worked on her first local political campaign, which was a success. In her spare time, she enjoys the arts, documentaries, nonfiction, charity fundraisers, being a lifelong learner, and spending time with her brilliant husband, Cameron; and two sweet felines, Max & Amelia.