Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox

Founder and CEO

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Carrie Fox is the founder and CEO of Mission Partners, a woman-owned strategic communications firm and Certified B Corporation that guides high-potential nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible corporations in realizing their greatest social impact. Since launching her first firm in 2004, she has guided hundreds of organizations around the world to lead with purpose, fueling organizations and their missions forward in new and more impactful ways. Her signature approach to asset-based messaging—leading with a community’s strengths rather than its weaknesses—has been applied to dozens of social impact organizations, challenging stereotypes and breaking bias in the process. Carrie served as the creative visionary behind a nationwide campaign to transform the foster care system for young people aging out of care and she was the lead communications strategist behind a $10 million prize competition aimed at advancing global technology for more fuel-efficient vehicles. Her strategic communications work focuses deeply on issues of community— from social justice to sustainability, children’s health, higher education, and workforce development. Carrie is a founding signatory of the #WeTheChange declaration to build business for good, and a founding member of the Purpose Collaborative, a national network of communications thought-leaders and industry experts that work together to provide impactful problem solving in touch with the current needs of today’s purpose-driven businesses. Her signature conversation series, Mission Forward, has featured Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, MacArthur Fellows, and some of the nation’s most sought-after philanthropy leaders. She is a Stevie Woman in Business Winner, a SmartCEO Washington Brava Award winner, a WWPR Woman of the Year Honoree, and a winner of PRWeek’s ’40 under 40′. She recently concluded her term on the Advisory Board of the Greater Washington Community Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University Maryland, and as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader. She is the co-author of Adventures in Kindness: 52 Awesome Adventures  for Kids to Build a Better World, which she wrote with her 10-year old daughter Sophia. 

Carrie worked in several public affairs and public relations firms, including Prism Public Affairs, before launching her own. Those early career experiences, coupled with her unique career start as director of communications and spokesperson for Ripken Baseball, which was founded to manage Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.’s many efforts, including his nationally recognized youth baseball initiative, helped her hone a unique blend of services that sit at the intersection of public relations, policy and philanthropy.  

Carrie is an engaged resident of Rockville, MD, where she resides with her husband, two elementary age daughters, and their dog, Baxter. 

Recent Articles by Carrie Fox

  • What I Know For Sure

    But one thing’s for sure; some of the greatest innovations in history have come in moments of crisis. However we are seen post-COVID-19 will be defined by how we show up during COVID-19. As we near the fall, as schools scramble to determine feasible and safe solutions, as election officials determine how best to ensure we get out to vote, I am doubling down on three things: humanity, equity, and civility.

  • Systems Won’t Change Unless People Do

    All lives will not matter until Black Lives Matter. For George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the millions of other Black people unjustifiably murdered as a result of our racist systems, we must do better in our advocacy and our allyship. In reference to Sorrell’s quote, the time is now to do something about it.

    We can’t let this be another moment when our country passively witnesses racism without taking bold actions toward change.

    If you don’t know where to start, consider joining our team in one or more of the following actions.

  • Finding Humanity Behind Action: Racial Equity Interview with Carolyn Lowery

    By: Jessica Hassanzadeh, Mission Partners Managing Director Like many in our community and around the world, Mission Partners and Leadership […]