Chad & Vanessa Cole co-founded the AddyPres Corporation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity in 2014 with great passion to support public schools with resources, training & tools their experience told them were not in place. Between 2014 and 2019 our founders have grown a small, experienced team and invested their personal savings to connect with leaders, organizations, educators and commerce in participation to root causes, seek solutions and develop tools that answer an educational call to action. The AP team is now working to offer this support through a support infrastructure this research & commitment helped build, the AP Give Program and APYS College Mentor Program, which systemically activate sustainable solutions and provide continued educational opportunities for public schools.
Chad has had a successful career in high fashion and commercial acting for over 20 years, working with some of the largest brands & personalities in the world. His work has gained him knowledge in world cultures, marketing, photography, media & advertising with a birds eye view of the carbon impact this industry has had on the planet. Prior to this work, Chad was a college athlete and had the opportunity to work in hospitality management with the San Diego Chargers, volunteer with preschoolers through San Diego State University and studied criminal justice, gaining an interest in civil leadership. He is from California's central valley and has great interest in contributing to solutions rooted in agriculture that can drive a regenerative supply chain for the food and fiber industries. He has also founded a for profit, value based company that propels these principles while creating a more responsible supply chain to the fashion industry he has been a part of for many years.
Vanessa, is the president and driving force of our organization. She also spent time in the fashion industry after completing high school, which gave her the opportunity to travel around the world, gaining a strong appreciation for different cultures. Vanessa graduated a Consumer Sciences Major with emphasis in Political Science at California State University, Northridge. While gaining her degree, she volunteered in college leadership & interned for a State Senator. After graduation she followed a gut instinct to work for a Los Angeles design firm. In her 5 year tenure Vanessa worked side by side with many diverse & talented individuals, gaining knowledge in architecture and design. Vanessa left this career to become a mother in 2007. It was when her son entered kindergarten that her fate found her, sparking what she calls "mother's passion" to develop the concept of what is now AddyPres Foundation's support infrastructure.