Our Mission

We believe in the power of work.

And so we are dedicated to addressing the skills gap in America through work-related programs, partnerships, and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers. Our ambition is to increase the talent pool, make the future work for everyone including youth, women, mature workers and underserved populations. Our focus is on programs that provide learning opportunities and career progression. We are passionate about the role of education in closing the skills gap; training and apprenticeship programs are key components of delivering on our mission. The Foundation has invested in upskilling and reskilling online training programs with Penn Foster and SkillBuilder and has established Department of Labor registered apprenticeships.

We believe in work equality.

We are a thought leader in the conversation about work equality in America. We support organizations and participate in programs that advocate and champion work equality, including Paradigm for Parity© and the Generation W conference. We are catalysts for change and champions of a diverse and engaged workforce where the talents and contributions of all are valued and recognized.

We believe in giving back.

The Adecco Group US Foundation supports national causes and charities that impact and improve the lives of American workers with a focus on skills education. We are not a grant giving foundation, but rather we dedicate our resources to make investments in our communities that help to make the future work for everyone. National charities that we support include: Dress for Success, The National Urban League, and Girls Who Code.

Our Team

Joyce Russell

President

As President of the Adecco Group US Foundation, Joyce is committed to making the future work for everyone. Joyce has firmly established her reputation and passion for working with people and providing new opportunities for both employees and companies. She constantly strives for growth both personally and professionally, while remaining focused on work-related programs, partnerships and investments that create greater economic opportunity for American workers.


Joyce joined the Adecco Group in 1987 as a Branch Manager in Charlotte, North Carolina, and her impressive career spans more than 30 years. She has held numerous roles through all levels of the organization while leading talented teams that consistently delivered outstanding performance results through sales, service, operations and financial management. From 2004-2018, she served as the President of Adecco Staffing U.S., leading the largest business unit of Adecco Group North America, with more than 450 branch locations, approximately 1,800 colleagues and a diverse portfolio of clients.


Joyce’s inspiration comes from the people she works with, as well as her relentless drive and dedication; she was named one of “The 10 Most Intriguing People in Staffing” by Staffing Industry Review Magazine. She is a panelist and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summits. Additionally, Joyce is on the Board of Directors of the American Staffing Association, a founding member of Paradigm for Parity, a member of C200, International Women’s Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. Joyce holds a degree in business and communications from Baylor University. In addition to her business accomplishments, Joyce is known as “the quintessential people person” and for always “putting a cherry on top.”

Karen Jones

Director, Workforce Strategies & Employment Solutions

In her nearly 20 years in the staffing industry, Karen Jones has held various positions of increasing responsibility and scope – but has always considered her passion for excellence in candidate and associate experience as a key driver for program and client success.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Karen’s most recent position was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Adecco USA’s Enterprise Division. In this multifaceted role, she collaborated with corporate, national and regional leadership to create and implement initiatives to enhance strategies and contribute to the overall success of programs at Adecco’s largest onsite clients.

Adept at driving the execution of business strategy and solving critical problems, she’s excited to bring her experiences full circle and back to focus on people. As Director, Workforce Strategies & Employment Solutions, Karen partners with business leaders, state and federal government agencies, non-profits, and a variety of educational institutions, to identify and implement sustainable workforce solutions.

As our labor markets continue to be disrupted by technology and innovation, workers must continuously develop and enhance their skills so they can successfully participate in the world of work. Karen’s responsibilities within the Foundation focus on driving reskilling and upskilling to enable successful participation in the future of work for all.

Karen studied at Vanderbilt University, where she also received a partial scholarship to manage their highly accomplished Women’s Basketball team. She is a veteran spouse and daughter, with two adult children who excel in sports and in the arts. When Karen isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her extended family and friends, as she believes our connections with other people are at the heart of happiness – theirs and ours.

Rachelle Chapman

Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships

As the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Adecco Group US Foundation, Rachelle is passionate about helping military spouses and veterans succeed in the workforce. She is equally inspired by the Team USA athletes her team supports through the Athlete Career and Education program.


Rachelle joined Adecco Group as a recruiter in February 2005. From 2007-2010, she served as Adecco’s Government Relations Manager following legislative issues of importance to the workforce industry and engaging policy makers on Capitol Hill.


As the Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships, Rachelle is the Military Liaison and oversees the military spouse and veteran recruitment program. Rachelle liaises with military installations in the United States, as well as numerous military affiliated organizations and partnerships.


Additionally, Rachelle serves as the manager of the Athlete Career and Education Program, a program designed to provide Olympic and Paralympic athletes with career counseling, job placement assistance and employment opportunities. In this role, Rachelle works closely with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to support Team USA athletes. Rachelle also oversees an experienced worker program, designed specifically for workers over the age of 50.


Rachelle is a Navy spouse currently based in Tampa, Florida. She earned her bachelor and master’s degrees in communication from California State University – Fresno.