Vicki Escarra

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Vicki Escarra
Personal details
Vicki B. Escarra
OccupationDirector of Feeding America and Opportunity International
AwardsFour Freedoms Award in the category Freedom from want

Vicki Escarra is an American director of welfare organizations. She was CEO of Feeding America and is leading Opportunity International since 2012.

Life[change | change source]

Escarra was born around 1955 in Decatur in Georgia. She obtained a bachelor degree in psychology at Georgia State University. Furthermore, she completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia University and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.[1]

Since 1973 she worked for Delta Air Lines. Here her career rose, and finally she became the director of the customer service. At that moment she directed over 52,000 employees.[2] In 2002 she was honored with the YWCA Women of Achievement Award.[3]

Since 2003 she was a member of the board of the banking firm A. G. Edwards,[4] and also of several other boards like for the Association of Professional Women and the Committee of 200.[2] From 2004 to 2006 she worked as a chairman of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.[1]

From 2006 to 2012 she was director of Feeding America,[4] an organization behind two hundred food banks in the United States and Puerto Rico with programs like soup kitchens and shelters. The organization feeds tens of millions of Americans that do not have enough food to buy themselves.[5] For her work for Feeding America she was honored in 2009 with a Four Freedoms Award in the category Freedom from want.[6]

Since 2012 Escarra leads Opportunity International, an international organization that works in the field of micro finance, insurance and training of small companies in twenty countries in the Third World.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notable Names Database, register card
  2. 2.0 2.1 Huffington Post, biography
  3. Atlanta Business Cronicle (February 23, 2004) Delta exec steps into ACVB leadership role
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 PR News Wire (July 16, 2012) Vicki Escarra Named CEO of Opportunity International
  5. Feeding America (October 29, 2012) Feeding America Prepares For Hurricane Sandy, press release
  6. Roosevelt Institute, Laureates