Christopher Villatoro, M.S.S.W. Candidate

Christopher Villatoro is a second year M.S.S.W. degree candidate at the Columbia School of Social Work and intern at the Workplace Center.  Prior to joining the Workplace Center, he interned as a social work counselor at the Harlem VA Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Center where he conducted psychotherapy sessions, referrals for concrete services, and community outreach operations for the veteran community throughout New York City.  Before beginning his graduate studies, Christopher served eight years in United States Marine Corps where he conducted several deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and provided humanitarian assistance during Operation Unified Assistance in support of tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.  After he was honorably discharged from the military, he has worked with the military/veteran community in different capacities to raise awareness in veteran transitional issues and veteran education policy.  Christopher graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.    


Vanessa De La Ossa, M.S.S.W. Candidate

Vanessa De La Ossa is graduate student intern at the Workplace Center and is specializing in Social Enterprise Administration at Columbia School of Social Work. Vanessa is interested in organizational issues and promoting employee well-being in the workplace. Prior to joining the Workplace Center, she interned in the adult education department of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation where she provided professional development workshops to GED students and ran the family literacy program. Before graduate school Vanessa lived in Washington D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Originally from Colombia, Vanessa grew up in Miami, FL and earned a dual bachelor degree in International Relations and Sociology from Florida International University. 


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