Leroy Adams
Pronouns
He/ Him/His
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Network Manager, UP Partnership

Leroy Adams is currently the Network Manager of the Our Tomorrow network for the Collective Impact organization, UP Partnership. His strong interest in media, society, and community impact has augmented a lifelong passion for storytelling and social change to benefit communities of color.

Leroy has cultivated an impressive resume of community organizing and impact, at home and abroad. He is currently leading a network that connects young people and community partners across San Antonio to elevate the youth voice and power throughout the city. He previously lived in Beijing, China for two years where he taught American Literature and co-founded a culture + media brand (BLK GEN) to facilitate cross-cultural engagement opportunities for divergent communities and to document the Black American experience in a global context. BLK GEN, aims to disrupt the destructive narratives of big media by creating media platforms for storytelling and cultural engagement for communities of color. Before moving to China, Leroy served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, where he managed professional development workshops for local teachers, HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention campaigns, and the construction project of a community learning center.

Additionally, he is also a recent Media Entrepreneur graduate and a fellow of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the nation's oldest organization dedicated to training journalists, producers, management, and media entrepreneurs of color. In his free time, Leroy is an avid traveler and enthusiastic storyteller who is passionate about connecting underserved communities to travel experiences and storytelling. On the rare occasion, Leroy is home, you may find him meditating, trying to wrap his mind around the words of James Baldwin, writing out his travel experiences, or contemplating how to leave a positive impact on the world.

Leroy is a graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown where he received a bachelor's degree in political science.