Earlene Barnes

Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer

Earlene Barnes is Africare’s Chief of human resources (HR) and administration, where she leads human resources and administrative services for both domestic and international operations, ensuring that human resources and administration plans and supports Africare’s goals, attract and retain outstanding talent, and comply with regulatory requirements. Ms. Barnes has a deep knowledge of HR management, with over 12 years of progressively responsible HR roles across the full spectrum of HR functional areas, including over six years of experience in international HR working with countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Ms. Barnes joined Africare in 2011 as the deputy director of HR, was promoted to director of HR, senior director of HR and then in 2015 promoted to her current Chief of HR and Administration role. Prior to Africare, Ms. Barnes was senior HR manager with Women for Women International for five years, and she has worked in similar capacities at the Retina Group of Washington, CCI, Inc. and Century 21 HT Brown seven years, three as a divisional manager. Ms. Barnes started her career as a counselor and then a case manager in mental health, disabilities and substance abuse, providing counseling services for six years to families, groups and individuals as well as employee assistance program services before transitioning to HR.

Ms. Barnes earned a bachelor’s of science in business management from Smith Business School in Washington, D.C. and holds a degree in psychology, and a certificate in substance abuse counseling.

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