Jacqueline Adams launched a second career as a communications strategist after more than two decades as an Emmy Award—winning CBS News correspondent. A natural "connector" and talented interviewer and moderator, she has demonstrated her ability to hear clients' strategic concerns and find creative solutions, often drawing on her wealth of contacts and experiences.
Through her boutique consulting firm, J Adams: Strategic Communications, LLC, she has provided communications counsel to corporate and nonprofit clients.
During her CBS News career, Ms. Adams covered the groundbreaking campaigns of Jesse Jackson for President and Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President before spending five years as a White House correspondent during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. In the 1990s, she described her beat as "mayhem and the arts" and was a prolific contributor to the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. She earned an Emmy Award for her work on the prime time broadcast, 48 Hours. For CBS Sunday Morning, she covered a series of blockbuster French Impressionist exhibits and developed an expertise in 20th century African American art.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Ms. Adams deliberately saves time for a number of nonprofit activities in the foreign policy, arts, and education sectors. . She serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of New York City, the Advisory Board of World Affairs Councils of America and the International Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace.
Ms. Adams is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the Global Council of the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is currently studying music theory at The Juilliard School's Evening Division and is a member of the conservatory's Ovation Society.
For seven years, Ms. Adams served on the program committee of the Harvard Club of New York City. During her tenure, she created two major series, Women & Power and The Future of Race Relations in America. In 2016, she helped organize the inaugural Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School symposium, Private Interests, Public Issues.
For 10 years, she co-led the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association mentoring program for KIPP Academy 7th graders in the South Bronx and served on the Board of the KIPP Charter Schools in NYC.
Ms. Adams has also served on the Boards of Freedom House, the Foreign Policy Association, New York City Global Partners, and chaired the Governing Board of the Off-the-Record Lecture Series (OTR), the oldest, largest women's foreign policy lecture series in the United States.
Ms. Adams was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, on whose board she served for seven years. In 2016, she was presented with the Woman of Distinction Spirit Award by the Greater New York Chapter of The Links, Inc.