Thomas Adams, PhD
President & CEO, Better Futures Minnesota
Thomas Adams, PhD is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Better Futures Minnesota, a social change enterprise that fuels and guides men’s desire to turn their lives around and walk a new path toward better health and success. Better Futures Minnesota is intent on changing the debilitating, costly systems and practices that produce poor results and perpetuate the chaos and cycles of dependency experienced by high-risk men. Dr. Adams has over 21 years of experience in delivering health and human services to communities. Prior to leading Better Futures Minnesota, Dr. Adams served as CEO of African American Family Services, a community-based, culturally-specific behavioral health clinic. His past positions have included Executive Director of the Association of Minority Professions Schools, Founder and Principal Partner of Next Level Consulting Group, Vice President of Education, Employment and Youth Services with Summit Academy OIC, Executive Director of Pillsbury Neighborhood Services, and as Program Director for the Bridge for Runaway Youth, among other roles. In addition to his role as President and CEO of Better Futures Minnesota, Dr. Adams serves as Adjunct Faculty for Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN and Greenville College in Greenville, IL. Dr. Adams earned his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University, his master’s degree from Augsburg College, and his doctorate from Regent University. Dr. Adams has had numerous board and professional affiliations including the Minnesota African American Leadership Forum, the Perpich Center for Arts Education Board, and the Hennepin-Carver County Workforce Investment Board. He is consults often on issues such as criminal justice reform, nonprofit administration, and community development. Dr. Adams was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and currently resides in the Twin Cities.