Vanessa Lopez


Vanessa Lopez is a social enterprise executive with over 10 years experience developing synergistic non-profit & for-profit structures. She has innovated to lead the strategy and execution of various market-based solutions to solve social inequities, including a blueprint for integrated community development in rural poverty in Central America.

Vanessa has a diverse talent set for optimizing operations. Her experience spans from creating administrative structures such as accounting systems, HR policies, and corporate governance to business development strategies such as marketing campaigns, impact reporting frameworks, and revenue diversification. She is passionate about finding the most cost-effective tools and technologies to support in solving challenges, or building them when they don’t exist. 

She enjoys helping her friends with their creative design needs, listening to vinyl albums and playing Settlers of Catan with her husband, and exploring the PNW with their two daughters. 

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Areas of Expertise
  • Social impact
  • Change management
  • Business operations
  • Team optimization
  • Vision setting & execution
  • BA, Business Administration, Accounting, University of Washington
  • Seattle, WA
More about Vanessa
Professional Background
  • President & COO, Global Brigades
  • Disputes & Investigations Consultant, Navigant Consulting
  • Assistant Accountant, Washington Technology Center
  • Board Member, Global Brigades Ventures, Inc.
  • Judge, WA DECA State Career Development Conference
  • Judge, SPU Social Venture Plan Competition
  • Guest Lecturer, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine
Fun Fact

In 2013, Vanessa was inaugurated as a Queen Mother of Techiman, a rural Ghanian community.