Vanessa Cooksey, Board Member – St.Louis, MO

Vanessa Cooksey has long been a leader promoting responsible community engagement and philanthropy for the private sector, from Cartoon Network to Anheuser-Busch to her current role at Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA). She directs the philanthropy efforts of WFA across the nation and the Wells Fargo Foundation in St. Louis. Their vision is to help communities succeed financially through investments in financial education, healthy aging, arts and culture and workforce development initiatives. Her accomplishments include supporting college savings and planning for low-to-moderate income families, strategic and coordinated crisis relief in Ferguson, Missouri, specialized training and placement of high-potential and senior leaders on nonprofit boards and employee engagement through volunteerism. Her fellowship goal, based on travel to Argentina and Japan, is to create a symposium for leaders to share and learn best practices in preventing elder financial abuse. She is also interested in developing women’s leadership.