Virginia leads the design and implementation of the communications and advocacy strategy in Peru, including editing and disseminating of Young Lives publications, updating Peru´s website and social networks, organizing workshops to discuss Young Lives research, and participating in groups aimed at improving childhood policy. She has also led community reciprocity activities for Young Lives families. Before joining Young Lives, Virginia worked for twenty years as a journalist for local and international media. She was also publications manager for a Peruvian firm.
Virginia holds a Master's degree in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), and her Bachelor degree in Social Communications from the Universidad de Lima. She also has a diploma in economics from ESAN and a diploma from Syracuse University, where she studied on as a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship.She is also a part-time lecturer at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima.
Her research interests include child development, education, nutrition, sustainable economics, and use of research in policy.