Fact Checker

Resides In

Chester, VA


Virginia Commonwealth University


Research, Writing, Editing


  • Has worked for The Balance since December 2020 and joined the Investopedia team in the summer of 2021
  • 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.

Since her work in the nonprofit, Vikki joined the DotDash quality team as a fact-checker, first with The Balance and now with Investopedia.


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.

Quote from Vikki Velasquez

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” —Ben Franklin