Vanessa (Vinnie) Finley, MBA, CAE
Vanessa Finley, MBA, CAE, joined NALA as its Chief Executive Officer in 2019. As the CEO, she is responsible for the planning and day-to-day operations of the association, including oversight of strategic planning and implementation, membership services for its 12,000 members in the paralegal profession, and coordinating the Board of Directors and its committees. Vanessa has been in nonprofit management and leadership for her entire career, spanning more than 28 years. She has had a primary focus on providing support to and advocacy for underrepresented groups and otherwise marginalized communities including women, people of color, immigrants, and those impacted by poverty. In addition to her paid work, Vanessa served for nearly a decade as the volunteer-elected Chair of the Missouri microenterprise association and was an active board member of the national microenterprise trade association.
Vanessa has dual Bachelor degrees in Human Development/Applied Behavioral Science and Criminology from the University of Kansas (1993). She earned her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership and Change in Human Systems from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2006). She and her husband of 33 years have two adult daughters, an adult foster son, and a menagerie of four-legged fur-babies, who live together in Tulsa, OK.