Director, Office and People Services
Vanessa joined Turnaround for Children in 2006 as Executive Assistant to the CEO, but was promoted to Office Manager just a few months later. In 2016, Vanessa took on a greater role, as Manager, Office and People Services, in charge of facilities, payroll, benefits administration, federal, state and local compliance to name a few of her responsibilities. In July 2018 she was promoted from Manager to Director, Office and People Services.
Vanessa has over three decades of human resources and administration experience. She began her career in the Philippines, working mostly in the corporate sector. Upon moving to the United States, Vanessa’s career has focused on nonprofit work.
Vanessa holds a B.A. from St. Paul’s College in Manila, Philippines.
Who do you admire most in your life? Who is your hero?
My parents. They had eight children and through sacrifice and hard work ensured that we had a comfortable life, received the best education and guided us through their example. They instilled in us a love of reading, respect for others and gratitude for blessings that come our way.
What is the greatest invention of all time?
The printing press. It gave us the printed word and opened a whole new world, making reading more accessible and creating an opportunity for learning.