Adam Powell joined College Possible as the Vice President of Site Operations in October 2018. In this role, he oversees all operations in College Possible sites, responsible for performance across a spectrum of functions including fundraising, program delivery, staff management and development, site board development and community relations.
Before coming to College Possible, Adam was the executive director of North Texas for Reasoning Mind, a national math organization creating blended learning curriculum for schools and districts across the country. Prior to joining Reasoning Mind, Adam served as the executive director of the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, a leadership organization equipping students with the requisite skills for postsecondary success. There, he doubled program enrollment to over 1,500 students across 50 campuses and initiated the Mayor’s Cup Program — a public debate partnership between Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Urban Debaters focused on some of society’s most divisive issues. Before leading the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, Adam served as chief operating officer and director of strategic planning for Education is Freedom, a Dallas-based nonprofit focused on preparing students for college and career. Additionally, Adam served as the director for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Intern Fellows Program, one of the largest and most comprehensive high school intern programs in the country. There he spearheaded the effort in growing the program from less than 60 students to more than 250 in under three years, while tripling the number of participating corporations.
Along with his professional responsibilities, Adam is also an active member of several community organizations including the Southern Dallas P-16 Council, the Mayor’s Star Council, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee and the National College Access Network, among others. He has previously spoken to groups across the country on behalf of the United Negro College Fund, as well as several other institutions including the Urban League and United Way. In 2011, Adam was selected to Dallas Furniture Bank’s “40 under 40” club, honoring individuals under the age of 40 making a positive impact in the Dallas Community.
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also currently completing a Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in higher education.
When he’s not working, Adam enjoys reading, enjoying live sporting events (particularly baseball, which he played most of his life) and spending time with his 7-year-old son.