Local Hero Mrs. Vanessa Jencks

Vanessa Jencks has lived in China since 2013, first making her home in Yizhuang, Daxing, Beijing for six years. During her time in Beijing, she was managing editor of beijingkids Magazine and on the board of the Clothing Auction Network. Since 2019 she has lived in Sanya, where she is CEO of her company JADE Island Media. To the public she primarily serves as Editor of That’s Sanya, but she has several other private contracts that she maintains in business, events, writing, marketing, and editing.

Vanessa’s main contribution to China’s international community in terms of charity, beyond organizing events, is lifting the voices of those in the community to tell others about needs. Additionally, she seeks to be a resource to the expat community, connecting them to the people or places that they need at any given time. Her family, including husband Bobby and her two children, Rizpah and Ki, feel especially passionate about the cleanliness of Sanya’s beaches and the preservation of the coral reef, as often on weekends you can find them at the beach, snorkeling, stand-up paddle boarding, free diving, and swimming.


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