Adrienne van der Valk


Adrienne van der Valk began her career in social work, advocating for homeless and runaway youth and survivors of sexual violence. Her graduate studies led her to political science and journalism, and she has been using her editorial skills in a variety of social justice education settings ever since. She currently serves as deputy director for Teaching Tolerance (a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center). Teaching Tolerance is the is the U.S.’s leading creator and distributor of anti-bias resources for educators. Adrienne directs an editorial team of six people who write, curate, edit and publish all outward-facing communications. Under her leadership, Teaching Tolerance magazine has won dozens of REVERE Awards from the Association of American Publishers, including Best Reporting, Best Overall Editorial, Best Overall Publication and the Golden Lamp, the highest award in educational publishing.

 Adrienne has a passion for creative collaboration and mission-driven success. She prides herself on leading happy productive teams, directing award-winning projects, and moving organizations toward their strategic visions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and master’s degrees in political science and magazine journalism from the University of Oregon.

Also read Adrienne’s interview with HRE USA founding member, Nancy Flowers.