Vanessa Benya

Director of Development, School of Education

Vanessa Benya
Vanessa Benya, Director of Development, School of Education


Vanessa Benya joined University Advancement as director of development for the School of Education in 2021, and brings more than 15 years of experience in development and fundraising. She comes to LMU from the University of Southern California where she was an associate director at the USC Marshall School of Business. Prior to this, Benya worked in a private K-8 school.

She recently earned an Executive Master’s in Leadership from USC. In her free time, Benya enjoys competitive card games, and solving the daily NYT Spelling Bee puzzle. She also loves incredibly spicy food and may or may not have her picture on the wall in a ramen shop in DTLA for finishing an astonishingly hot bowl of ramen.