In two decades at Burges & Burges, Vanessa built a reputation for creating strategies to achieve the most challenging goals and win the most difficult issues. Vanessa worked her way up through the company, starting as a research associate.
This hands-on experience means Vanessa has an in-depth knowledge of each role and works to coordinate a seamless delivery of service to clients and partners. Vanessa’s accomplishments at Burges & Burges include:
Creation of facility plans and the passage of hundreds of bond issues that provided all new schools for dozens of districts in Ohio
Working with various schools, libraries, and transit systems to create actionable strategic plans rooted in community input
Providing counsel to community colleges on enrollment, funding, retention plans
Working with hospital systems on local funding, land use and communications
Leading campaigns that elect qualified judges across the state - including a member of the Ohio Supreme Court
Vanessa uses her in-depth experience in designing and completing research to help shape communications, campaigns, and ballot requests throughout Ohio. As a featured presenter for Ohio School Board Association and Buckeye Association of School Administrators, she has helped countless smaller school districts customize strategies to fit their unique communities. Vanessa is also a trustee for the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ board of directors.
A lifelong resident of Lake County in Northeast Ohio, Vanessa is a graduate of Cleveland State University with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration along with a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.