Vanessa was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University. After winning AAF’s Most Promising Minority Student Program she secured an internship in New York City at Foote, Cone & Belding. For the next seven years, Vanessa would work at some of the biggest and most prominent advertising agencies in the world, including Saatchi & Saatchi New York, who was named “Agency of the Year” in 2007. At Saatchi & Saatchi she worked on global Procter & Gamble brands including Olay and Iams.
Vanessa moved back to Hawaii in 2011 and has been working as a freelance art director and creative director on clients such as Hawaiian Electric Company, Ala Moana Center, Hospice Hawaii, Taco Bell, Jamba Juice and Hawaii State Federal Credit Union. Vanessa has won Pele awards for her work on Aloha United Way, Hawaii Department of Transportation, Aloha Medical Mission’s Dental Clinic, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Ala Kuola and Island Insurance. Vanessa was named 2014 Outstanding Young Advertising Person of the Year by Ad 2 Honolulu.