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Startup Week Camarillo

December 4th - 8th

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Vanessa Bechtel

Ventura County Community Foundation
President & CEO

Vanessa Bechtel serves as President & CEO of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) where she oversees ~$100 million in charitable assets and is responsible for the financial stewardship of several hundred separate funds, including managing the investments for 90 nonprofit agency endowments throughout Ventura County.

Prior to her work with VCCF, Ms. Bechtel served as Executive Director of the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Foundation, one of the most highly regarded community college foundations in the nation. She oversaw more than $50 million in charitable assets and the Foundation more than doubled annual fundraising during her tenure.

Ms. Bechtel co-founded Monarch Wealth Strategies in 2008 and was honored as Business Woman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce in 2010.  

She holds an MBA from the University of Southern California’s (USC) Marshall School of Business and graduated with honors from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society.