Vanessa Pestritto believes in ecosystem collaboration for the advancement and adoption of new technology. Currently Director of Partner Programs at Agoric, a safe smart contracts framework for an open, global economy, Vanessa works with partners, foundations, and network participants. As Director of Strategic Growth at Ripple, Vanessa built a significant investment portfolio of tech companies with novel use cases in protocol development, ecosystem tools, and smart contracts. She has actively invested and worked with entrepreneurs through her venture fund, Lattice Ventures, and as Executive Director of New York Angels.

She previously consulted on fintech and government projects and has advised brands such as Chobani and eBay on their accelerator programs. Vanessa actively advocates for workplace diversity and the advancement of women and Latinos. After being stranded in Barbados with her husband and two kids during Covid quarantine, she is now a New Jersey resident.