Adrienne Karecki has spent much of her career dedicated to driving positive social change and lifting up the people — locally and globally — who are working to make an impact in the world.
Adrienne was interested in Mercy Corps for years before joining the team, even taking an informational interview with the CEO in 2001 when no positions were available. Fourteen years later, in 2015, she was hired as Mercy Corps’ regional director of west, central and north Africa, overseeing programming and operations in the region.
She moved to her current role as chief development and marketing officer in 2018, working from the organization’s Portland headquarters to lead its communications, fundraising and partnership efforts. She is responsible for sharing the story of Mercy Corps’ work and ensuring its initiatives are supported to have the greatest possible influence.
In her time with Mercy Corps, Adrienne has seen firsthand the devotion of Mercy Corps’ global team members and the positive change sparked by their energy, hard work and partnership with local communities. She is passionate about showcasing those achievements and possibilities with the world.
Adrienne previously held posts at the Nike Foundation, Central City Concern, Planned Parenthood and Wieden+Kennedy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, studying business, marketing and advertising, and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and the Central African Republic. A native of New York state, she has also lived in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Washington D.C., London, Scotland and Arizona.
Adrienne spends her free time with her husband and two sons, taking advantage of the Pacific Northwest outdoors. They especially enjoy fly fishing — or any other river activity — as well as hiking, camping and skiing.