Rodney Adams

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Charlotte, NC

Organization: R. Adams & Associates, LLC

In 2020, Rodney Adams retired from his three-year role as Director for the Mecklenburg County Department of Community Resources, where he led the County’s Health and Human Services integration effort to integrate segments of public health, child support, veterans and social services. 

Adams brings to this role over 30 years in human services experience, previously serving as Social Services Department Deputy Director, Support Services Director, Aging Services Director and Economic Services Director in Mecklenburg. 

In June 2018, Adams pioneered the launch of the first of six place-based Health and Human Services Community Resource Centers, strategically located throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Through collaboration with community leaders, nonprofit, faith and other civic leaders, the Community Resource Center focuses on delivering integrated health and human service programs utilizing a social determinant lens to strengthen individuals and families, promote health and wellness and build communities. 

Throughout his tenure, Adams has served on numerous boards and initiatives, including serving as Executive Member of the Race Matters for Juvenile Justice Initiative in Mecklenburg County; member of the American Public Human Services Association’s (APHSA) Local Council Executive Committee, and the Association’s Center for Employment and Economic Well-Being Committee, and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the APHSA Executive Governing Board. Adams is a well-respected, sought-out voice engaged in numerous local, state and national panel discussions and initiatives focused on use of social determinants for increased self-sufficiency and stability.  Adams currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the Kresge Foundation and also works with non-profit and local government organizations specializing in leadership and organizational development, with a focus on engaging, inspiring and empowering leaders to create opportunities for wellbeing in their community. 

Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Pastoral Studies and a master’s degree in Theology, and holds County Administration certification from the UNC School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Adams also serves as a pastor in his local community. He and his wife of 37 years, Linda, have two children. 

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