Vanessa works to keep the organization running smoothly, directing all administrative functions of NEI, including human resources, organizational planning, IT, and overall administrative support for the team. Additionally, Vanessa supports the Governing Board and related committees, the NIF Board, the LEDO Council and the Mayors and Commissioners Caucus. She has been a member of the team since 2007.
Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management and a minor in speech from the University of Saint Francis.
Vanessa sings in her church every Sunday as part of her church’s worship team. While she enjoys singing, singing in front of people is a different story!
Vanessa is a testament to the potential of internship programs. She started with NEI as an intern her last semester of college, fell in love with the work, and decided to make economic development her career. Prior to her internship, she worked her way through school as a part-time nanny, private tutor, and piano teacher.
Vanessa’s top five strengths in CliftonStrengths are:
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- Vanessa sings in her church every Sunday as part of her church’s worship team. While she enjoys singing, singing in front of people is a different story! She says it’s good to stretch your comfort zone for things you are passionate about.
- Vanessa always says, “The best weekend to me is when I can look back on a to-do list with a bunch of check marks and still have time to spend with friends and family.”
- Outside of work, Vanessa and her husband, Chris, enjoy outdoor recreation and spending time with their family, friends, and puppy, Laci.