Vanessa K. RussellChief Executive Officer

Vanessa Russell was named CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta March 1, 2015. Catholic Charities Atlanta creates hope and provides help to over 20,000 individuals annually. She has been a Catholic Charities Atlanta Board member for 5 years. She has served most recently as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Vanessa started her career in Sales for Dun & Bradstreet, Inc then moved to senior quality and operations roles at ACNielsen, and VNU, Inc. in Brussels, Belgium. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations and process re-engineering. She has been a USO volunteer and served on several volunteer boards since coming to Atlanta.

Born at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, she attended the University of New Orleans and is one of 7 children.  She and her husband, Steven, moved to Atlanta 14 years ago from Madison, New Jersey. Both she and her husband are “military brats.”  Her husband is a US Military Academy (West Point) graduate and the CFO of a local medical technology company.

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