Director of Out of School Programs
James D. Adams is a program manager at Big Thought, a veteran community development specialist, youth services program planner and focused team leader. He has worked in academic institutions, faith-based organizations and with the prestigious advocacy organization, Children’s Defense Fund. James has strategically combined what he calls “street kid” survival skills, honed growing up in south Louisiana, with the demanding discipline of the performing arts that lured him to Hinds College. An accomplished thespian and vocalist, he understands that following directions and being ever prepared are useful transferable skills. They are skills that have underscored his professional successes at Big Thought and beyond.
James has a proven record of leading teams and motivating peers to make mission-driven decisions with energy and tactical action. His pay-it-forward attitude makes him a classic servant leader whose depth of compassion is boundless. His background includes work with production companies for both TV and theater throughout the South and Mid-West, including TeCo Theatrical Productions in Dallas, TX. He is currently a member of the world renowned Utica Institute Jubilee Singers, where he travels and performs both as a narrator and First Tenor.