Vanessa Potter, MA, RPA
Registered Professional Archaeologist

Ms. Potter joined EMC Planning Group in June 2023 and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA). Ms. Potter is responsible for conducting archaeological surveys, database inquiries, Sacred Lands records searches, Native American consultation, archaeological testing, and making recommendations for listings through the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places. Other responsibilities include preparing cultural resources sections of environmental documentation in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

Ms. Potter has worked in the fields of Archaeology and Anthropology since 2000, and specializes in resources management, ethnography, and project curation. Previous work experience includes founding her own ethnographic analysis company. She also held the positions of Research Assistant and Project Assistant within the Archaeology departments for various universities and research institutes.


  • M.A. – San Jose State University, Applied Anthropology, 2010
  • B.A. –  University of Hawaii, Manoa, Anthropology, With Distinction, 2000 


  • Microgrant in Applied Anthropology from San Jose State University, 2009