Vanessa Da Costa, CEO

Vanessa is a data analyst by day and a career consultant by night. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Minor in African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Go Heels! She has a strong interest in career development, and has spent the past 5 years working globally (U.S, Rwanda, South Africa) while simultaneously assisting students, colleagues, and peers revise and edit job applications, resumes, cover letters, essays, and providing them with academic and career advice. Vanessa has previously worked in public health research and programming for different public health organizations, universities, and research groups.

Speaking Engagements


As a Guest Speaker/Lecturer (Panel or non-Panel), Event Host, Training Consultant


Career Tips, Resume Workshops, Careers in Public Health, Global Health, & related fields


Students (High School, and Higher Degrees), Young Adults, Early-Career Professionals & all people working in or aspiring to work in Public Health


See the resources tab for podcast episodes, instagram features, and guest blog posts!


Close of Service Conference Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) Career Panel. Peace Corps South Africa. In-Person Panel. December 5, 2019.

Training Consultant

The African Freelancer Series. Partnership with AfriBlocks. March 2020-Present.

Guest Speaker

Guidelines and Tips to Land a Job-High School Students. Partners for Youth With Disabilities. Live Webinar. April 9, 2020.
Guidelines & Tips to a Successful Job Interview. Africa’s Tomorrow 2019 Retreat. Pre-recorded Webinar. December 31, 2019.
Public Health Careers and Profession Course. Georgia State University. Live Webinar. May 31, 2019.
Introduction to Public Health Course. Georgia State University. Live Webinar. February 27, 2019.

Voice Over Services

Anakazi Virtual Conference. Promo Video, July 2020.
Shelland House of Films. e-Course Video, July 2020.
AfriBlocks. Promo Video, June 2020, November 2020.

Work With Us!

There are paid opportunities to assist with mini projects and tasks on a case by case basis. If you would like to be considered for these opportunities, please submit your information in the Chilombo Careers Consultant Database Form. We are primarily looking for freelancers with writing, design, and administrative skills.