Vikki Velasquez, The Balance Portrait

Vikki Velasquez

Title: Fact Checker
Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Chester, VA


  • Fact checer for The Balance and Investopedia
  • Served as program manager and volunteer coordinator at the leadership nonprofit Leadership Metro Richmond
  • Conducted research for presentations, publications, and educational programming on public policy topics like early childhood education, wealth inequality, and leadership theory
  • Designed and prepared educational materials for program participants and board members as well as instructional materials for the facilitators
  • Trained and coached volunteer instructors to deliver youth leadership programs


Vikki Velasquez was the Program Manager for Leadership Metro Richmond, a leadership-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering servant leadership. She conducted in-depth research on social and economic issues affecting the Greater Richmond community, such as housing, education, wealth inequality, and historical legacy. She revised and edited educational materials, in partnership with the Director of Education. A certified volunteer manager, Vikki led the leadership volunteer programming, teaching the youth leadership skills. Working closely with the diverse leadership of the community has given Vikki the experience to witness the intersectionality of social and economic factors and how they influence outcomes.

Vikki joined the DotDash as a fact-checker for The Balance and Investopedia, where she leverages her nonprofit experience to enhance the quality and accuracy of Dotdash's content.


Vikki earned her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and minored in Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Vikki earned her volunteer management certification from The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond.

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