Menlo School Faculty & Staff

Vanessa Ortega


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Departments and Positions

Admissions: Associate Director of Admissions, Director of Multicultural Outreach


I was born in El Salvador and came to the U.S. in the early 1980s. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Mills College, I began my independent school career at Live Oak School in San Francisco. I have worked in independent school admissions in the Bay Area for over 15 years.

My primary focus in admissions has been making an independent school education accessible to underrepresented communities in the Bay Area. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of Admission/Financial Aid and the Coordinator of CAP (Connections and Advising Program for Ninth Graders) at the College Preparatory School in Oakland.

In my free time, I oversee a Junior Church program at my church, enjoy long distance running with my husband, and adding funky socks to my ever-growing sock collection.