We are very proud to announce Adrienne Bellinger as the new Regional Chief Development Officer for the Columbia Region, which serves 28 counties in South Carolina.
As the Regional Chief Development Officer, she will develop annual and multi-year development strategies, lead a regional development team to achieve financial growth, and oversee the implementation of fundraising campaigns.
“We are thrilled that Adrienne will be the new Regional Chief Development Officer for the Columbia Region and know that her proven track record of success will help the Red Cross provide its valuable services within our communities,” said Scott R. Salemme, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Columbia Region. “Adrienne brings a wealth of experience to the Red Cross where she will lead a team of both paid and volunteer staff to raise vital funds to support the humanitarian mission of the organization.”
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Adrienne most recently served as the Director of Institutional Giving at the South Carolina State Museum Foundation (SCSMF) where she had previously served as Executive Director. During her tenure with the SCSMF, she led a successful $23.5 million Capital Campaign for the Museum, secured major gifts for exhibits and special projects from the private and local government sectors, and developed successful annual giving programs. Bellinger also established and maintained government, corporate and individual relationships and facilitated numerous special events.
Prior to joining the SCSMF, Bellinger served for seven years as Director of Governmental Affairs for Capitol Consultants, Inc in Columbia. She was a registered lobbyist for nearly 30 clients, including the State Museum Foundation. She coordinated legislative and public affairs activities for the firm’s clients and also served as media liaison, prepared public policy documents for clients and designed company and client informational, educational and promotional materials.
Prior to that, Bellinger served as Manager of Legislative and Political Affairs for Public Affairs Strategies, Inc. in Montgomery, AL, where she lobbied on behalf of the firm’s clients and coordinated fundraising and special events.
Bellinger also served as the Director of Public Affairs for the Alabama Bankers Association in Montgomery, AL. In this position, she lobbied the Alabama legislature and served as editor and advertising manager for the Alabama Banker magazine.
Bellinger earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina.