Renée Phipps


Among this endless scroll of braggarts and blowhards, it’s refreshing to encounter the occasional blush of reserve. But in the case of our money maven, the modesty is entirely unearned. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Renee found her true calling in advertising at FCB, “applying order via numbers in a creative environment.” Not sure what this “order” thing is, but she was good enough at it that when a couple of co-workers left to start Rathje Chadwick & Co, they inveigled Renée to join them as Finance Director. Which she did for five years – before another ex-FCB’er by the name of Berkenfield inveigled her to join yet another agency startup. Now DC’s CFO, she is also progenitor of two highly creative girls, a fluent speaker of German and host of her own authentic annual Oktoberfest celebration, to which, alas, she has never invited this biographer.