After graduating from VCU with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Vanessa became a 2015 Venture for America Fellow and landed a job as the Operations Manager at the 80/20 Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. The 80/20 Foundation strives to transform San Antonio by issuing grants to public charities in three specific cause areas; STEM Education, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Vice President of Operations of Complete Professional Connections. Complete Professional Connections specializes in professional relationship building, referral generation, and business consulting.
In college, Vanessa started her own social media marketing company, Generation Y Media, where she focused on creating strategic marketing plans, analyzing data, and managing the needs of her customers. Vanessa volunteered as the External Outreach Leader for a student run food pantry on campus where she learned to cultivate strategic partnerships with local businesses. In addition, Vanessa served as the two term president of the Epsilon Sigma chapter of Tri Sigma.