Tom Adams is Director, Sustainability, Succession and Transition Planning services for Raffa PC. Tom and the entire TransitionGuides team joined Raffa PC in January 2014. Prior to January, Tom served as president and co-founder of TransitionGuides, a national consulting and educational services company based in Silver Spring, MD, that advises nonprofits on leadership succession, executive searches, and transition management.
Tom and the team joining Raffa PC have assisted more than 400 local, regional, and national nonprofits from a wide variety of missions. He has served nonprofits as an executive director and consultant for more than 30 years. Tom has led leadership and capacity-building projects for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, as well as other national and local foundations. A national thought leader, speaker, and trainer on leadership and leadership topics, he has published extensively, including his current book, The Nonprofit Leadership Transition and Development Guide: Proven Paths for Leaders and Organizations. He has a particular interest in coaching and consulting with founders and long-term executive directors/CEOs and their boards of directors. In 2009, Tom was presented with the Innovator Award by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management for his leadership in advancing executive transition and succession planning practices for the nonprofit sector.
Tom received his BA from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and his MSW from the University of Maryland.