Vanessa Colella is the head of Citi Ventures and Citi's chief innovation officer, focused on driving growth and innovation across the company. Deeply integrated with Citi's businesses, Citi Ventures champions bold exploration through venture investing, innovation and lab networks, strategic partnerships, and lean startup-based initiatives. Before assuming the role of CIO, Vanessa led venture investing and strategic growth initiatives for Citi Ventures, and previously ran marketing for Citi's North American Consumer Bank, where she conceived and launched CitiBike. She joined Citibank in 2010 from U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), where she was an entrepreneur-in-residence. Prior to USVP, Vanessa was head of NA marketing and then SVP of insights at Yahoo, where she was responsible for developing and executing the company's consumer data strategy. She was previously a partner at McKinsey & Company. Vanessa received her master's degrees from Columbia University and M.I.T. as well as a Ph.D. from M.I.T.'s Media Lab.