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Adriene Atkinson is a native of Greenville, SC, and the proud mother of four adult children and two
grandsons. Adriene’s love for helping others led her to work in the social services field, long before she
even completed her degrees. Adriene received an Associates of Arts degree in Public Service from
Greenville Technical College; a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Limestone College, and she
continues work towards Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership at Webster University.
Adriene has worked in the human services field for over 20 years, with diverse populations including,
developmentally disabled adults, pregnant teens, foster care youth, and juvenile offenders, just to name
a few. Adriene currently serves as the Housing Assistance Program Manager at Safe Harbor, where she
manages a federally funded grant designed to provide transitional housing assistance to domestic
violence victims in four Upstate counties. Adriene’s love for community and her passion for advocating
for marginalized populations led to her early involvement in several community service organizations,
including, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, (Democratic Women of Greenville, the National Council of
Negro Women Greenville County Section (1st Vice President), the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, the JCH Foundation, The League of Women Voters, and the Greenville
Technical College Advisory Board. As well, Adriene serves as President of the Belle Meade Community
Group, a group she established in 2019, in hopes of providing her surrounding neighbors an opportunity
to work together to make their community thrive.
In 2019, Adriene was among 14 women in the state chosen to be a part of the 2019 Class of Emerge SC,
a premiere organization that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office. During
that same year, Adriene was also elected by the Greenville County Council to serve on the county’s
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. In March of 2020, Adriene filed to run as a candidate for S.C.
House of Representatives for District 25 in Greenville. Adriene placed second in the primary election,
running a successful campaign that allowed her to engage with the residents of her district and allow
them a platform in which to highlight their voices. Adriene is excitedly looking forward to 2022, where
she plans to again throw her hat in the ring for S.C. House of Representatives for District 25. In
December 2020, Adriene was elected as 1st Vice President of the Democratic Women of Greenville
County. In this role, it is Adriene’s mission, passion, and goal to lead the organization in the state’s
efforts to turn South Carolina BLUE.


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