Alicia Vermaele

Director of Global Social Impact, Starbucks


Alicia Vermaele serves as director of Global Social Impact at Starbucks Coffee Company. In her role, Alicia oversees several social impact campaigns designed to remove barriers to opportunities, including the company’s U.S. commitment to hiring 100,000 opportunity youth and its first global commitment to hiring 10,000 refugees. In addition, her team drives innovation and strategic partnerships for the Starbucks Foundation, works closely with markets outside of the U.S. on strategy and implementation of locally-relevant social impact initiatives, and leads community impact through community stores. Prior to relocating to Seattle, Alicia was a Deputy Director at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where she planned and implemented CGI Latin America and CGI Middle East & Africa, convenings that engaged leaders from the private, public, and civil society sectors to make social impact commitments. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and lives in Seattle with her husband Dan and their daughter Chloe.