Chad & Vanessa Cole a husband and wife team, co-founded the AddyPres Corporation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity in 2014 with great passion to support schools, families & communities. Our founders and their small, experienced team (including their two children), invest their time connecting with leaders, organizations, educators and commerce to root causes, seek solutions and develop (& use) tools that answer calls to action for people & planet.
Vanessa, is the president and driving force of our organization. Previous to co-founding AddyPres, Vanessa spent time in the fashion & design industries. As a young fashion model, she gained a strong appreciation for culture & the arts through world travel and a keen sense of the value of life's opportunities through her unique path. Vanessa graduated a Consumer Sciences Major with emphasis in Political Science from California State University, Northridge. While gaining her degree, Vanessa participated in college leadership & interned for a State Senator. After graduating, Vanessa jumped at an opportunity to follow her passion for design and took a position within a Los Angeles design firm. In her tenure with the firm, Vanessa worked side by side with many diverse & talented individuals, gaining knowledge in architecture, design & marketing. In 2007, Vanessa left her career to become a mother. It was when her son entered kindergarten that Vanessa's passion ignited, blossoming into the mission of the AddyPres Corporation. Vanessa is a lifelong learner, certified in Environmental, Social Governance and Diversity & Inclusion with a keen interest in public policy and a strong love for volunteering in classrooms!
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, this work has offered him experience within world cultures, marketing, photography, media & advertising with a birds eye view & hands on experience of the social, economic and environmental footprint this industry has on people & 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 and recently joined a team working to meet clean energy goals through solar installation. Chad's experience in fashion is a valuable contribution to AddyPres' program development & helps guide his participation in solar energy & the circular fashion economy.