Nichelle Mitchem Adamson began her tenure as Lutheran Towers’ Executive Director in August of 2017. For more than twenty-five years, Nichelle Mitchem Adamson has worked in the nonprofit sector at organizations devoted to improving the life outcomes for indigent children, youth, adults, and families. For much of her career, Nichelle has assisted nonprofit organizations to grow their budgets and expand their capacity to better serve children, youth, and families in crisis. Her experience in organizational alignment, strategic and operational planning, change management, board and program development, evaluation, and resource management has been particularly helpful to new institutions and those amid change. Because she has been either a trustee and/or staff member of institutions in the fields of higher education, legal services, advocacy, social service, she understands best practices in governance and operations.
Immediately prior to coming to Lutheran Towers, Nichelle served as the Executive Director of United Community Ministries (UCM). UCM is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit agencies in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Annually, UCM serves more than 10,000 indigent children, youth, adults, and families. Early in her career, Ms. Adamson administered statewide legal services programs providing advocacy, legal representation, as well as information and referrals to indigent elderly clients. Nichelle went on to serve as executive director at several private nonprofit agencies providing holistic programs and services designed to improve the quality of life for indigent, children, youth, adults, and families in crisis. These agencies are dedicated to empowering, uplifting, and inspiring people living in poverty. This work has afforded her the opportunity to serve vulnerable populations in some of our nation’s most impoverished neighborhoods in the cities of New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and in the state of New Jersey.
Dedicated to serving vulnerable populations, Nichelle has served on the Board of Directors for several local, statewide, and national nonprofit organizations. Nichelle has served on the following board of directors: The Commonwealth Institute, Richmond, Virginia; The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Atlanta, Georgia; Innovative Solutions to Disadvantage and Disability where she served as Vice President, Atlanta, Georgia; the New Jersey-based Morris County Mental Health Association, where she also served as Vice President, as well as the National Advisory Committee for A Better Philadelphia.
A published author, Nichelle Mitchem Adamson has contributed to several leading periodicals. Nichelle Mitchem’s articles include “Legal Needs Assessment for the Aged,” which appeared in BIFOCAL from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging, as well as “Elderly Legal Needs Assessment,” which appeared in AGING Magazine, published by the Administration on Aging within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
On topics related to intergenerational poverty, child welfare, and domestic violence, Nichelle has been featured in print, radio, and television, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox 5 News, Urban Institute, Washingtonian Magazine, AARP, Heart & Soul Magazine, The Washington Times, and the book, “Crimes Against Women”, among other media outlets. She has also presented at national conferences, including the Child Welfare League of America, Generations United, the American Bar Association’s Annual Aging and Law Conference, and the AARP Grandparent Information Center Annual National Meeting.
Nichelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin. Nichelle received her license to practice law in Wisconsin.
Southern Gerontological Society
Georgia Supportive Housing Association (GHSA)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Southern Affordable Housing Management Association (SAHMA)
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