Adam is an advocacy and communications strategist with more than 20 years’ experience. He has worked in nearly every advocacy landscape to successfully create change – from city council to Congress, courtroom to ballot measure to corporate boardroom. The Jewish tenet of “tikkun olam” (repair the world), along with the experiences of advocates like Harvey Milk, Rep. John Lewis, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy inspire Adam to pursue social justice.
An intellectually curious advocate, Adam is recognized for his expertise in a diverse set of fields, including affordable housing and homelessness, environmental conservation, climate change, health care, issues affecting LGBTQIA+ people, transportation and women’s health. Adam is sought after for his skills in campaign management, crisis communications and rapid-response advocacy work. His clients have included Helen Diller Family Foundation, Education Reimagined, Environmental Defense Fund, Farm to Fork Initiative, Health Care Without Harm, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Housing California, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Linden Trust for Conservation, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Oregon Metro, Partnership on AI, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Seventh Generation, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, and Walton Family Foundation.
Adam’s skills include building bipartisan support and securing support from the business community. With EDF + Business, he helped Fortune 500 companies such as Dell, Mars, McDonald’s and Unilever raise their voices to ask Congress for investments in renewable energy. Adam helped secure support from leading Republicans such as Sens. Barrasso, Kennedy and Murkowski, and investments were included as part of a coronavirus relief package signed by President Trump. With Linden Trust for Conservation, he wrote or co-wrote op-eds strategically placed in outlets aimed at securing support from Rep. Frank Lucas, then-ranking member (now chair) of the House Science Committee, and Sen. Capito, ranking member on the Senate Environment Committee. Following placement of these pieces, both legislators voted for and even introduced bipartisan legislation to remove excess carbon from our atmosphere and store it safely underground or turn it into useful products—a must-have solution to stabilize our climate.
Adam’s skills as a trainer and coach are in demand on such topics as advocacy campaign planning, crisis communications, developing a persuasive message, long-term communication planning, and ethical and strategic storytelling. At Spitfire, he has taught staff and grantees of such organizations as American Littoral Society, Consumer Reports, Emerson Collective, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Greenpeace, The International Legal Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Trevor Noah Foundation.
Adam joined Spitfire from UltraViolet, where he led women’s health campaigns. His successful campaigns include:
- Forcing the NFL to strengthen its policy against sexual and domestic violence following domestic abuse by prominent running back Ray Rice.
- Successfully defending the Affordable Care Act from repeal.
- Ending the career of Judge Persky following his biased ruling in the People v. Turner Stanford sexual violence case involving Chanel Miller.
- Partnering with Planned Parenthood to mount a defense against “defunding” attempts by Congress.
- Ending Revlon’s use of the most toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer in its makeup, mascara and shampoo products; and
- Strengthening affordable access to reproductive health care, such as persuading Alphabet to correct misinformation in Google Maps directing patients seeking abortion care to anti-choice centers.
Prior to UltraViolet, Adam served as Director of Online Programs at Courage Campaign, California’s ProgressNow affiliate, now named Courage California. While at Courage, he helped enact landmark measures like the Homeowner Bill of Rights to provide protections to Californians facing foreclosure, and Proposition 30, a ballot measure raising taxes primarily on the wealthiest Californians and investing the proceeds in public K-12 and college education, public transportation and community health care. He began his career as Online Strategy Manager at Progressive Strategies, LLC in Washington, D.C., where he consulted for clients like Health Care for America Now and MoveOn.org.
An electric vehicle enthusiast, Adam is a co-founder and producer of the Tesla Motors Club podcast, which marked its 50th episode in fall 2023. In his spare time, Adam finds the most joy outdoors and can be found trail running, hiking, bouldering and skiing. He has completed dozens of races, including an ultramarathon and a triathlon, along with ascents of Yosemite’s Half Dome, and Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states. As a volunteer, he provides practical support for ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, a Bay Area nonprofit providing funding, transportation, lodging and child care for patients in need of reproductive health care. He also serves as an adoption counselor for Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Rochester and a Master of Arts in political management from George Washington University. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Adam has called the Bay Area home since 2013. He lives in San Francisco with his partner, Jason, and their German Shepherd mix, Lupin.