In 2018, Carolina Adrianzén relocated to Portland, Oregon to assume the role of Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, and in 2021 was promoted to Chief Program Officer. Carolina’s passion has been and continues to be working for the premier mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she has been proudly serving families and communities for over 15 years.
As CPO she oversees the implementation of programmatic vision and effectiveness and is responsible for the overall quality and capacity building through ongoing monitoring, development, and implementation of improved quality measures.
Prior to beginning her work with BBBS, Carolina spent the first 20 years in the Social Work field working directly with underserved populations; unaccompanied minors, homeless youth, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, human trafficking victims, Upward Bound, and intensive case management work. These experiences have solidified Carolina’s understanding of the importance of preventative work and the power and exposure of a mentor in the life of a child.
Carolina’s journey with BBBS began in her hometown of San Diego, California working for BBBS of SDC for 6 years and fell in love with the power of mentorship. It was here that she learned what it meant to be an advocate for others and an effective leader to drive results. Through the years, she has had the privilege to represent other BBBS affiliates across the nation; BBBS of Broward County, Florida and worked remotely for BBBS of the North Bay, Bay Area, Santa Cruz, and Alaska providing independent contractor work.
Carolina is a champion for ensuring that all dimensions of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are a priority for the agency, staff, mentors, and most importantly the communities served. In the first 2 years with the agency, she led the internal transformation of program staffing to mirror, reflect, and represent the children served; from 80% white staff serving 85% people of color to 70% staff of color on the program team. Her core value of serving and representing our youth and families is her main priority and this was the factor that enabled her to be so successful in making necessary changes and building a new program team.
As a Big Sister for two Littles; Taria in Florida and Genesis in Portland, Oregon, she has learned firsthand what a direct impact she could have on a mentee. Her Littles reinforce the commitment, passion, and drive that she has for this organization. They remind her every single day that what we do not only matters, but it works!
Carolina has received numerous awards and certifications throughout her professional career. One of her greatest awards received from Big Brothers Big Sister of America’s was the Margaret Slack Award in 2020, which exemplified her outstanding professionalism and quality of service. She is proud of the agency receiving Gold Standard Recognition from BBBSA in 2018, 2019, and the Pinnacle Award in 2020.
Carolina received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science with an Emphasis in Chicano/a Studies from San Diego State University. She is a lifelong learner and an Alumni SDSU Cheerleader- Go Aztecs!