Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
"MHS is committed to infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion as a key strategic initiative that aligns with the organization’s values and strategic pillars. The diversity, equity and inclusion strategy will support and enrich the mission of healing the body, mind, and spirit of those we touch by ensuring that delivering on equitable outcomes for both our caregivers and patients is at the forefront of our work."
Vanessa Nazario, MS, MBA was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Trenton, NJ. She has worked in the field of Community Development and Inclusion for over 25 years. Her career began at MECHA, a Hispanic based nonprofit organization providing homeownership training and counseling to low-to-moderate income families.
She later joined PNC Bank where she worked and had the honor of working in several roles over the course of her 20-year career within the Community Development Banking Department. In early 2017, she transitioned into a new role with RWJ University Hospital, which is part of RWJ Barnabas Health System, as Director of Diversity and Inclusion where she was responsible for diversity and inclusion and healthcare equity initiatives at the hospital level.
In early 2021, she joined Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, FL where she now oversees the diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy for the entire hospital system. She is a champion for building inclusive spaces where everyone can experience a sense of belonging. Vanessa has a MBA from Rider University, a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and has completed a Certification as a DEI Executive with Society for Diversity. .