Palm Health Foundation has promoted Vanessa Moss to director of communications. Moss is well-equipped to take on the role with nearly a decade in the nonprofit field and over three years of experience at the foundation managing highly successful community health campaigns, messaging and web and social media platforms. In her new role, Moss will lead, develop and implement all communications and public relations plans, increasing visibility and support of the foundation to achieve strategic objectives.
Since joining the foundation in 2016 as communications coordinator, Moss has risen through the ranks to take on her new leadership position reporting directly to the president and CEO. She has been instrumental in increasing awareness of the foundation’s evolution from supporting short-term healthcare initiatives to investing in the lifelong wellbeing of all Palm Beach County residents to enable them to thrive and reach their full health potential.
Moss will continue to lead highly visible public health campaigns, including the “Let’s Move Physical Activity Challenge” and “Train the Brain” to encourage residents to adopt healthy behaviors. As communications director, Moss will have a larger role in communicating the foundation’s priorities to advance brain health, strengthen health professions through scholarships and support community based "Healthier Together" initiatives in six underserved communities in Palm Beach County.
“Communications is particularly important to Palm Health Foundation to reach a wide array of audiences who can both benefit from and contribute to our work,” said Moss. “I am excited to have a larger role in sharing the stories of the lives we have impacted and the innovative health initiatives we are convening and leading to improve health across Palm Beach County.”
Retiring VP of communications Marge Sullivan noted Moss’s many skills for the job. “Vanessa is not only a strategic, skilled communicator, she is also a compassionate person who cares deeply about enabling people to live their best lives,” said Sullivan. “I know I am leaving the foundation’s communications in extremely talented hands.”
Moss is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she majored in magazine journalism and English. She is a member of the Leadership West Palm Beach class of 2020 and the Get Your Green on Committee, a county-wide campaign designed to reduce the stigma around mental health and promote trauma informed care. Prior to Palm Health Foundation, Moss worked at Urban League of Palm Beach County and Planned Parenthood of South East and North Florida. She served for two years in a literacy-based AmeriCorps program at the West Palm Beach-based nonprofit Vita Nova, Inc. for former foster care youth, and completed 320 hours of independent community service in Palm Beach County.
Moss resides in West Palm Beach with her husband Vince Moss, two step-sons, Owen and Hugh Moss, and two cats, Daniel and Gloria. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising in her living room and adventuring around Palm Beach County with her family.
About Palm Health Foundation
Palm Health Foundation is Palm Beach County’s community foundation for health. With the support of donors and a focus on results, the foundation builds strong community partnerships, respects diverse opinions, advocates for its most vulnerable neighbors and inspires innovative solutions to lead change for better health now and for generations to come. The foundation supports health equity for Palm Beach County residents of all backgrounds, heritage, education, incomes and states of well-being. Palm Health Foundation has invested more than $83 million in Palm Beach County health since 2001. For more information about Palm Health Foundation, visit palmhealthfoundation.org or call (561) 833-6333.