A Nebraska native, Adrienne Schweer first came to Washington, DC to work for Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War hero, Senator Chuck Hagel. Prior to coming to Washington, Adrienne helped Representative Jeff Fortenberry get elected to the U.S. Congress.
After years on Capitol Hill, Bono’s non-profit – The ONE Campaign – recruited Adrienne to build partnerships and lead creative advocacy campaigns to mobilize American support for international assistance. For six years, she designed and implemented creative advocacy campaigns to fight for better policies around maternal and child health, food and water, and good governance.
Following her time in the non-profit sector, she went back into the government to serve as Chief of Protocol in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). There, Adrienne served Secretaries Chuck Hagel, Ash Carter, and James Mattis. During her tenure, she proposed and led creative new initiatives to raise the profile and advance the priorities of the Secretary of Defense, including creating a partnership with World Economic Forum, organizing the Counter ISIS Coalition meetings, and helping roll out a 12-week paid maternity leave policy for the military.
In 2015, Adrienne started an inside the beltway campaign to find bipartisan solutions to paid family leave with her organization, Family Leave Works. She has worked across the aisle in both the House and Senate to shape policy, build momentum, and leverage private sector data, executives, and employee stories to elevate the narrative around the importance of paid family leave. In 2018, she became a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center where she leads its Paid Family Leave Task Force.