Project Management Institute

Vanessa Guerra

Vanessa Guerra

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Every day can bring a new problem that will open the door to new solutions.

Location: Sacramento, California, USA

Title: Project manager

Organization: Mutual Housing California

Sector: Construction

Mutual Housing specializes in sustainable and affordable housing. What should people understand about these projects?

They provide health and economic benefits to tenants who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless—and they increase the longevity of buildings.

How many years have you been working in project management?

Eight years. I started as a student intern in 2007 with Mutual Housing—with full project management responsibilities!

What's the best project management advice you've received?

When planning a project, always know how to prioritize the tasks involved.

What music do you listen to while working?

When I'm on deadline: upbeat music. But I usually listen to contemporary jazz. It helps me relax and focus.

What's a project you wish you could have worked on?

The Roman aqueducts—a sustainable infrastructure system that is aesthetically pleasing.

What's your project management mantra?

Every day can bring a new problem that will open the door to new solutions.

Why does the world need project managers?

All groups need a leader. Project managers help achieve goals and make innovations successful.

How do you unwind after a long day at work?

Dinner and conversation with family or friends—and maybe a workout to shake off any stress.

What's the best part of your job?

Meeting grateful residents. I lived in substandard housing growing up. Providing a stable home for families in similar situations is truly rewarding.

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