Kerry Marks Hasenbalg is a respected writer and speaker. She began her work on Capitol Hill as the fellow for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), a bipartisan, bicameral caucus of more than 170 members of Congress. In 2001, together with the four congressional co-chairs of the CCA, Kerry created the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). As the organization’s founding executive director, she worked closely with the congressional members on child welfare issues in the U.S. and abroad. Under her leadership, both the congressional Angels in Adoption awards program and the congressional Foster Youth Internship program were created. Kerry has visited more than 40 countries, often meeting with both high-ranking government officials and the poorest of the poor, to advocate for improved child welfare policies and practices.
Kerry has authored curriculum for faith communities including devotionals, retreat material, and inspirational essays. As a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University, Kerry earned dual degrees in Russian and international studies and completed post-graduate work at the American University in Russian language and at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Biblical studies. Prior to her work in DC, she spent three years working in Russia as an interpreter for Christian missions groups and later with adoption organizations.
Over the years, Kerry and her husband, Scott, have been known to work in tandem for children’s causes. In their joint efforts, they have been instrumental in the creation of several charitable organizations, which are all flourishing today, including: Christian Alliance for Orphans, where Scott served as a founding board member; North Branch Young Life, where Scott and Kerry serve as committee members; Calvary Chapel DC Metro; Orphan Institute; Show Hope, where Scott served as the Executive Director for 12 years under the board leadership of its founders, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman; and CCAI. Currently, Kerry spends much of her time working alongside Scott to assist philanthropists in stewarding their resources for social investment and capacity building in the developing world. Kerry currently serves on the ethics board of Geisinger Medical Center, the advisory board of Hands and Feet Ministry to Haiti, and the executive board of The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
In recent years, Kerry has lead dozens of private formation retreats for leaders and lay people from the US and abroad. She and Scott live together in Danville, Pennsylvania, with their four children, Cole, Maya, Leah, and Annika, whom she homeschools.