A lifelong Republican, Adrienne Schweer first came to Washington, DC to work for Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam War hero, Senator Chuck Hagel. Here, she spent four years assisting in the development and communication of policy, political strategy, and operations related to Hagel’s constituency and committee assignments on Banking, Foreign Relations, and Intel. Prior to coming to Washington, Adrienne helped Representative Jeff Fortenberry get elected to the U.S. Congress.
After her 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 helped inspire millions of Americans to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease. Her efforts helped pass monumental legislation, including the Energize Africa Act, a public-private initiative to bring electricity to more than 10 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Following her time at ONE, Adrienne left to join a non-profit social enterprise that leveraged private sector solutions to address some of today’s biggest social challenges. However, she was quickly wooed back into the government by her former boss, then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. It was there, as Chief of Protocol in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), that Adrienne recruited and managed a high-performing, 32-person organization of civilian and military professionals who support the Secretary. Among her many accomplishments while in OSD, Adrienne 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, launching the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in three cities, and managing all engagements with foreign dignitaries.
Following Secretary Hagel’s departure, Adrienne was asked by Secretary Ash Carter to stay on and serve. As an Obama Administration political appointee, Adrienne also received the appointment of Senior Executive Service in 2015. Over her two years at the Pentagon, she helped two Defense Secretaries host hundreds of bilateral meetings, conferences and ceremonies with foreign dignitaries, elite media, business leaders, thought leaders, and high-ranking government officials, including U.S. and foreign presidents. Throughout this time, Adrienne helped build and maintain vital interagency contacts to ensure seamless alliance across the government and throughout the Department of Defense.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Adrienne attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Communication Studies.