As the Director of Marketing for Chicago Public Media, Vanessa plans and oversees marketing campaigns for WBEZ, Vocalo and the national shows working with individuals across all levels of the institution. The marketing team was consolidated with the Strategic Communications Department in March 2010 to better coordinate marketing efforts across all brands.
Vanessa began working for Chicago Public Media in October 2004 as a freelance pledge producer, later joining the staff full time as assistant director of on-air and online fundraising. Since she has worked as assistant director of development initiatives, project coordinator and then project manager for Vocalo.
She started her advertising career at Culver Brands in Milwaukee, WI as a copywriter and the "lady who does whatever needs to be done in the moment" later becoming an account executive with diverse clients including S.C. Johnson, Pepsi Co and Jim Beam Brands.
Vanessa has a B.A. in Communications from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and resides in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago.