Adam joined Demos in November 2011 as a lawyer and policy advocate. In 2017, he became the organization’s first Political Director, working to build and maintain its relationships and to develop and execute strategy for Demos Action, Demos’ 501(c)4 sister organization.
Adam served for six years on Demos’ legal team where he focused on litigation to enforce the National Voter Registration Act and end prison-based gerrymandering; policy advocacy to promote political equality and democratic fairness through safeguarding the right to vote and curbing the influence of big money on the political process; and directing the organization’s efforts to transform the Supreme Court’s approach to money in politics.
Prior to joining Demos, Adam worked on environmental issues with PennPIRG (now PennEnvironment); promoted campaign finance reform and stronger election administration for U.S. PIRG; and organized to elect progressive candidates in three election cycles with MoveOn PAC and Progressive Future (now Fair Share Alliance), including serving as the latter organization’s first Program Director.
Adam has lobbied extensively in the Pennsylvania State House and U.S. Congress; written or edited more than a dozen reports on environmental and structural democracy issues; been quoted, published, or featured in leading media outlets such as The New York Times (op-ed Mar. 2002), Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, CNN, CSPAN; and played leadership roles in grassroots electoral campaigns that have made face-to-face contact with hundreds of thousands of voters.
Adam served as an adjunct professor at Berkeley Law in the Spring of 2018 where he co-created and co-taught “Where Capitalism Meets Democracy: Federal Election Finance” with former Federal Election Commission Chair Ann Ravel. His relevant publications include two law review articles (Breaking the Vicious Cycle in the Seton Hall Law Review and Limiting the Limits in the Election Law Journal) and a chapter called “Raising All of Our Voices for Democracy” in the forthcoming book Democracy by the People.
Adam received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2007 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1998. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.