Chief Administrative and Human Resources Officer
Earlene Barnes is Africare’s Chief Administrative and Human Resources Officer and oversees the day to day operations in human resources, administration (procurement, compliance, personnel, and non-personnel related contracts), building facilities information technology and event planning. Ms. Barnes is also responsible for strategically aligning Africare’s global workforce to its mission and its path to change through effective management of human capital policies and programs. Ms. Barnes collaborates with the CEO, COP, CFO, and CER, to set organizational targets, operating plans, organizational priorities, and allocate resources to achieve those targets, plans, and priorities.
Ms. Barnes joined Africare in 2011 as the Deputy Director of HR. Before joining Africare, Ms. Barnes was Senior Human Resources Manager with Women for Women International and SMS Consulting Services. Ms. Barnes has in-depth knowledge of HR management and has over 12 years of progressively responsible HR roles across the full spectrum of Human Resources functional areas, including six+ years of experience in international Human Resources working with countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Ms. Barnes started her career as a Counselor/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 Bachelors in Business Management as well as Psychology from Smith Business School in Washington, D.C. and Bowie State University and a certificate in substance abuse counseling.