Vanessa is Chief Financial Officer for Rightpoint, responsible for providing analytical insight and strategic financial perspective. She has more than 20 years of professional finance experience in all aspects of financial management, investment banking, accounting, and auditing. Most recently, she served as CFO and managing director at venture capital firm, Sandbox Industries, where she ledfinance and accounting, treasury, and investor relations. Vanessa has also worked with global, high-profile companies including William Blair & Company, Kraft Foods and Arthur Andersen. She specializes in helping high growth companies navigate the bumps of rapid expansion.
In her free time, Vanessa raises money to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease and is on the board of directors of the Chicago Professionals for Parkinson’s Disease, a non-profit organization. She earned her M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and her B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. A resident of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, Vanessa enjoys finding the tastiest eateries in the city and beyond, accompanied by her husband and son.