Vanessa Garcia-Brito

VP, North America Communications at Nike

Vanessa Garcia-Brito is Vice President of Purpose Communications at Nike. Vanessa leads a global communications team that elevates and advances Nike’s purpose – to move the world forward through the power of sport. Integrated across sustainability, social and community impact, and diversity and inclusion, Nike’s purpose communications team works to engage and inspire employees, athletes*, communities, and stakeholders.

Vanessa joined the Nike family in 2013, leading Strategic Communications and Partnerships for Global Community Impact and the Nike Foundation. Before Nike, Vanessa was Head of Corporate Citizenship and Community Engagement at Mars, Inc., overseeing global programs and partnerships, sustainability communications, community and citizenship initiatives.

Vanessa began her career as an attorney in Washington, DC, practicing in technology and international law. Her pro bono work focused on issues such as capital punishment, extradition and intellectual property. She taught about women’s international human rights as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School.

Vanessa holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a JD from George Washington University Law School. She served as the Chair of the Physical Activity Committee for the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry and is a member of Pipeline Angels, a network of women changing the face of angel investing.

Vanessa lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband who shares her love of adventure. She is a swimmer and a distance runner who always has her yoga mat nearby.



  • VP, North America Communications

    October, 2020 - present

  • Vice President, Global Communications, Purpose

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