Introducing Kirk Adams

Kirk Adams joined AFB in May 2016 as the sixth chief executive officer and president in the foundation’s 95-year history. Wasting no time, Kirk has dedicated the first months of his tenure to visiting each AFB office and meeting one on one with every employee. He has also attended several of the biggest conferences in the blindness field. For Kirk, the experience was well worth it, providing a deeper understanding of the organization and its capacity for leadership.

The priority for Kirk now is laying the foundation for AFB’s next chapter. The strategic planning process, already under way, will involve all AFB employees and stakeholders.

Kirk is well primed for the task at hand. Before joining AFB, he served as president and CEO of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., where the focus was on self-sufficiency through employment. During his tenure, he oversaw an ambitious expansion — 11 locations across the nation — increasing both revenue and the number of employees, many of whom are blind, some with additional disabilities.

Long active in community service, Kirk was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Disability Employment in Washington State and the Seattle Public Library’s Strategic Plan Advisory Committee. He is also a former treasurer and board member of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind and, until his appointment as CEO of AFB, was a member of AFB‘s Board of Trustees.

Kirk graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He earned his master’s degree in not-for-profit leadership at Seattle University and is working toward his doctorate in leadership and change at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

I have no doubt that Kirk will work decisively to cement our role as a leader in the blindness and disability communities, and I look forward to seeing all he will accomplish as AFB’s president and CEO.

With warmest regards,

Larry B. Kimbler
Chair, AFB Board of Trustees

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