Vanessa Bechtel, President & CEO
Ventura County Community Foundation
Vanessa Bechtel has served as VCCF President and CEO since February 2015.
Before her arrival at the Community Foundation, she was executive director of the more than $50 million SBCC Foundation.
During her four years at the SBCC Foundation, Bechtel more than doubled the organization’s annual fundraising.
The founder of a wealth-management company, Bechtel oversees $137 million in charitable assets at VCCF, as well as a scholarship program that awarded $1.2 million to local students in 2014 and 600 funds that grant more than $4 million annually to local nonprofits. She is responsible for the continued growth of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership that trained staffers and volunteers from nearly 830 nonprofits last year and the VCCF Nonprofit Center, which houses more than a dozen nonprofits under one roof in Camarillo.
As a volunteer, Bechtel has served as a trustee of the Santa Barbara County Retirement Board and as treasurer of the State Association of County Retirement Systems. She is a past president of the Institute of Management Accountants. She held the post of president of Santa Barbara Rotary North.
She has been named Business Woman of the Year by the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and twice made the list of Top Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
A Sonoma County native, Bechtel graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in law and society. She is enrolled in the Executive MBA program at the University of Southern California.
When not working, Bechtel enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and playing the violin.