Meet the team

Vanessa Benitez

Regional Vice President

San Diego & Inland Empire

Vanessa Benitez is Regional Vice President of the Word & Brown General Agency in the San Diego area, which includes Imperial County and San Diego County, the second most populous in the state. She plays a critically important role driving sales growth as well as recruiting brokers to fulfill the needs of small- and large-group employers and individual clients throughout the region.

Vanessa entered the health insurance industry in 2006, working as an Enroller with Health Net in the large group division. She joined Word & Brown in 2007 as an Enrollment Specialist, earning multiple promotions to Field Sales Representative, Senior Regional Sales Manager, and Field Sales Director. She became the RVP in San Diego in 2017, and added oversight for the Inland Empire region in 2021.

An active member of the San Diego Association of Health Underwriters, Vanessa previously served as Awards Chair.

Vanessa attended UC Berkeley, where she double majored in Political Science and International Relations with an emphasis in the economies of Latin American countries.


John M. Word III
Edward J. "Rusty" Brown, Jr.

Executive Leadership

Jessica Word
Marc McGinnis
Scott Diehl
Joe De La Cruz

Regional Vice Presidents

Cindy West
Jim Pippins
Michele Isaly
Vanessa Benitez


Emily Crognale
Paul Roberts
Paul Tran
Dena Allchin
Karen DeFazio
Dientre Le’on
Lydia Robledo
Ken Venier