Vanessa Richardson

Vanessa Richardson

Director of Events

Vanessa is a former business journalist who has covered personal investing, venture capital, startups and business management for publications like Entrepreneur, Money, the San Francisco Business Times and the Sacramento Business Journal. Her portfolio also includes marketing work for clients like Intuit and Wells Fargo. For a change of pace, she used her scuba diving certification to edit Undercurrent, a Consumer Reports-style newsletter covering all things scuba, marine life and the oceans. She's also focused on the business of events and new ways to get journalism in front of, and more connected to, the public. Vanessa led events for INFORUM, the division of The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that serves people in their 20s and 30s. Then she came home to her native Sacramento to launch California Groundbreakers, which creates civic engagement through live local events. With beer, wine and cocktails.


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