Vicki Escarra has dedicated her career to building strong companies, strong communities and strong relationships with her clients and colleagues.
As Global CEO of Opportunity International—the premier global financial services organization for the poor—Vicki sets strategic priorities and facilitates relationships with individual, corporate and foundation partners around the world. She also leads a network of 17,500 employees and 30,000 donors who are helping 12 million clients in 27 countries work their way out of poverty, transform their lives, and strengthen their families and communities.
Under her leadership, Opportunity International has increased its visibility, strengthened its brand, focused its mission and expanded its services to help more clients in need. Most recently, she led a restructuring of the organization's worldwide operations to unite eight international offices under one global banner.
Vicki is frequently quoted in the media and has been profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and USA Today, among other outlets. She has received several awards including The Chicago Business Journal's Women of Influence Award, the Womenetics POW! Award, the Skills to Succeed Luminary Award from Accenture and The Committee of 200, and a Four Freedoms Award from the Roosevelt Institute. Vicki was also named one of America’s top 50 most powerful and influential executives by The NonProfit Times for three consecutive years.
Vicki is a member of the Board of Directors of HealthNet Corporation and the board of regents for Roosevelt University. She also a member of the board for AG Edwards and chairman of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau where she assisted Mayor Shirley Franklin with the Brand Atlanta Campaign. Vicki is also a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. She is a graduate of Georgia State University and completed the Columbia Executive Management Program and Harvard Leadership Program.