top of page

Vanessa Zapata

Staff Attorney, Health & Nutrition Lead

Vanessa is a staff attorney at the Tennessee Justice Center. Vanessa first worked at TJC as a legal intern in 2018 while in law school, and then as Vanderbilt’s George Barrett Social Justice Legal Fellow in 2019. Vanessa’s public benefits practice is focused on nutrition and healthcare. She provides direct legal services to individual Tennesseans. She also supports TJC’s impact litigation and advocacy work to make system wide changes across the state. Vanessa also helps to maintain and develop our casework management system. Vanessa has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. She was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 2019 and was admitted to the New York bar in 2022.

You can reach Vanessa at

bottom of page