Placed Leaders

Jamiah Adams

Senior Vice President, Diversity and Justice

The Climate Reality Project

Jamiah Adams headshot

Koya | Diversified Search Group partnered with The Climate Reality Project on its Senior Vice President of Diversity and Justice search. Our work resulted in the appointment of Jamiah Adams.

Climate Reality Project’s mission is to create a global sense of urgency on climate change and catalyze a planet-wide shift to clean energy to solve it. The organization shares the truth of climate disruption with communities around the world and empowers people everywhere with the knowledge and tools to help us create a sustainable future.

For the past fifteen years, Adams has worked in the progressive arena – on political and advocacy campaigns within the digital media, communications, diversity, equity, and inclusion space. That work has spanned climate and environmental justice issues to immigration and criminal justice – two presidential campaigns (one win, one loss.) And tenures at the NAACP,, NextGen America, the Sierra Club, and the Democratic National Committee. Adams was an inaugural fellow at the Center For American Progress’ Leadership Institute and served abroad as a cultural ambassador in Eastern Europe for the U.S. State Department.

Her diversity, equity, and inclusion practice are grounded in communications and the values that have guided her work within the advocacy space – engendering equitable access for those who have been traditionally marginalized. Adams served as the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Tom Steyer 2020 campaign – where she led recruiting, built out equitable and inclusive internal policies and cultivated one of the most diverse campaigns in history. From there, Adams served as the chief of diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Tom Steyer PAC, where she developed a racial justice program centered on supporting Black and Brown-led voter mobilization organizations for the 2020 Election and built out internal antiracist programming.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area – Adams has been building out her DEI practice by serving as a senior recruiter for a progressive advocacy organization and as a senior advisor for the Rise Together Fund, a project of the Proteus Fund – her work there advises the fund on building equitable funding practices and providing more access to Black, African, Arab, Muslim and South Asian organizations working on racial justice issues.

Adams serves on the boards of the Rumi Forum (an interfaith nonprofit based in D.C.) and the Muslim Caucus (a grassroots organization dedicated to electing progressive Muslim Americans and mobilizing the Muslim vote. In addition, she was nominated and served as a federal commissioner for the Mary McCleod Bethune Council House in Washington, D.C.