Vanessa Burnett, CFP®

CEO, Partner

Nickname – “V”

BA in Communication, Minor in Business; University of Southern California

Vanessa joined Bridge Advisory in March 2008, just months before the financial crisis and the Great Recession. Instead of scaring her, the event turned financial planning into a calling. She saw how a good plan and the right behavior can help investors ride out the roughest patches in the market.


Vanessa is passionate about her clients and helping them achieve their financial goals, as well as her team and guiding them to do great things in their careers and lives.

She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth House, a shelter for pregnant women and their children experiencing homelessness in Pasadena, California.

Vanessa spends her time outside of work with her family and enjoys staying active in any way possible – be it solo on the Peloton or the trampoline with her kids.

Before joining Bridge, Vanessa worked for several years as a compensation analyst at Mercer, a global human-resource firm. She graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Vanessa earned her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certificate in 2011. She holds a California Life, Health and Disability insurance license.

“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.”
– John Wesley

Your top three favorite Podcasts/Books?
I love any true crime podcast including all of the Serial podcasts. When I’m not reading books on parenting, finance, and leadership, I enjoy reading historical fiction and some of my favorites have been The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah, Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese and The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Anything active with my husband and kids – baseball, golf, soccer, skiing, going to the beach, hiking, etc.!

What are you looking forward to?
I am trying to focus on staying in the present, which is hard to do with young kids, but I know these years will fly by so I am not trying to rush anything. At Bridge Advisory I am most looking forward to seeing the firm continue to grow and thrive as we add more team members and clients to our Bridge Family.

What makes you smile?
Seeing my kids playing (or sleeping!!), music, sunsets.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Well, I would have to play to win so that’ll probably never happen. BUT, if I ever did buy a ticket and win, I’d probably set some aside for the kids’ education, donate to our church and various local charities, and keep doing what I’m doing, because I love it!

What’s the best adventure you’ve taken?
Or favorite place you’ve traveled to? My husband and I visited Spain with our dear friends and drove all throughout Andalusia in southern Spain. It was so beautiful and also somewhat reminiscent of the central coast region of California! We had a hilarious adventure in Ronda with our rental car that still makes me laugh, and we had a beautifully picturesque few days in Marbella as well. Take me back!