Vanessa has been in residential lending for the last twenty-one years where she has applied her expertise in loans and real estate. She has worked for major lending institutions such as JPM Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and most recently was the National Business Development Manager for the US at East West Bank. In this capacity, she was responsible for the overall strategic plan and execution of increasing mortgage production in existing territories and reaching underserved borrowers. Actively worked within the field to generate business and design appropriate strategies to more deeply penetrate those markets and achieve sales targets. She managed a team of mortgage business development officers to produce volume. Vanessa was part of the leadership team within the mortgage division and reported directly to the head of the Residential Mortgage Division. Additionally, created, designed and built a down payment assistance program called “Reach” to assist first-time homebuyers with a grant. For the last fifteen years, she has been managing, coaching and mentoring loan officers, sales managers, and processors.
Demonstrating her abilities as an entrepreneur, she owns and operates Montañez Properties and is a real estate investor since 1999. Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She is currently completing her doctorate in Executive Leadership at the University of Charlestown.