Thomas J. Adams

Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University and has more than thirty years senior management experience.  He is the President and Founder of Detroit based TJA Staffing Services (TJAS), a full service Human Resources and Management Consulting firm, which specializes in executive search, and corporate training on both a local and national level.  Other areas of expertise include: Charter School management, coaching, political positioning, and relationship building, especially within the faith-based and non-profit sectors.

Thomas is also the Founder and President of the Chance for Life Organization, a prison-based transformational program that earned him the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award for the incomparable services he and his team have provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.  Chance for Life is now operating in 9 state prisons and has helped thousands of men and women successfully transition back into their communities. He serves in an advisory capacity on criminal justice reform issues to numerous state and local entities.

Thomas J. Adams is a native Detroiter and graduate of Tuskegee University and has more than thirty years senior management experience.  He is the President and Founder of Detroit based TJA Staffing Services (TJAS), a full service Human Resources and Management Consulting firm, which specializes in executive search, and corporate training on both a local and national level.  Other areas of expertise include: Charter School management, coaching, political positioning, and relationship building, especially within the faith-based and non-profit sectors.

Thomas is also the Founder and President of the Chance for Life Organization, a prison-based transformational program that earned him the 2009 Dahlberg Peace Award for the incomparable services he and his team have provided to the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years.  Chance for Life is now operating in 9 state prisons and has helped thousands of men and women successfully transition back into their communities. He serves in an advisory capacity on criminal justice reform issues to numerous state and local entities.

Additionally, Thomas is affiliated with more than twenty (20) community, civic and business organizations.  In 2011, he was recognized by the Michigan Chronicle as one of the City’s “Men of Excellence”.  In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers. He served as Director of Detroit Operations for both of Governor Rick Snyder’s Campaigns. On January 11, 2013, Governor Snyder appointed him to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission and he was re-appointed in 2016.   In 2014, he was appointed to the Substance Use Disorder Oversight Policy Board by the Wayne County Commission. In 2017, he was appointed as a Board Member to the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).

Thomas has also been a board member of the Greater Detroit Health Alliance for over fifteen (15) years.  He was co-chairman of Healthy Detroit, which is composed of nine initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Detroit.  He is also the Vice-Chair for Todd-Phillips Youth Home and was responsible for raising a half-million dollars for the home’s multi-faceted facility, the first structure of its kind to be built in that community in over 60 years.  Thomas is the past Board Chairman of the National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependency (NCADD) and also served as the President of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Detroit Chapter; past member of the Chamber of Commerce and served with the Council of Small Enterprises. He chaired the Small Business Administration (SBA) Committee for seven years. Tom the past Board Chairman for the Homes for Black Children and a Life Member of the NAACP.

Thomas is past chairman of the Economic Development Division of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention (MPBC), and the past President of the Laymen’s division of the MPBC.  He is currently a member of the National Baptist Convention, and past Chair or the Deacon’s Ministry at Third New Hope Baptist Church.

Thomas has worked for many years on various projects that deal with the problems facing the Detroit community and the State of Michigan.  He has consistently demonstrated leadership, and an inclusive vision of the future that embraces and supports opportunities for the positive transformation of all citizens.  Tom is a champion of just causes with the personal skills, intelligence and connections to make a difference,

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