Vanessa Vaughan
Vanessa Vaughan
VP, Account Director

I put purpose into practice by…

owning the client relationship from day one to done. #ClientServiceIsMyMiddleName

Vanessa’s focus is leading complex teams of strategists, producers, creatives and designers to ensure a consistent client experience across projects and deliverables. She brings more than a decade of experience to bear across event management, marketing, communications and public relations. Vanessa has had the pleasure of supporting major brands, organizations and institutions including Fortune 500 companies, the Library of Congress, CARE and Room to Read. Prior to her work in events and communications, Vanessa supported nonprofit organizations with their federal government relations, advocacy and regulatory objectives.

As an active member of the University of California alumni system, she has helped grow the UC Irvine Alumni Association’s DC Chapter into one of the most robust chapters in the country. Her efforts have brought mentorship, philanthropy and networking programs to the DC Anteater community. Vanessa also sits on the University of California’s Alumni Advisory Board.

Even when she’s not working Vanessa is always on the go, and brings that energy to both her personal and professional lives. If she’s not in the office (or flying to her next project!), you’ll find her out running, cooking something delicious or curled up with a good book (recharging!).

When asked why she loves working at AJ, Vanessa said, “The team here at AJ embodies my favorite quote, and reaffirms the fact that we don’t leave people behind or tackle things alone! ‘It’s very satisfying to be the person throwing starfish back into the ocean. But somebody has to find and rally a hundred starfish throwers.'”

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