President and Chief
Executive Officer

Cindy Adams is the president and chief executive officer of Aloha United Way. Adams brings decades of leadership experience to United Way, including executive positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She is responsible for leading, managing and directing the organization’s efforts to form collaborative solutions to Hawaii's most pressing community problems.

Previously, Adams served as the vice president of sales and marketing for CBI Polymers in Texas, where she oversaw sales and marketing to ensure financial budgets and gains were met. During this time, she played an imperative role in the company’s relocation from Honolulu to Texas. From 2009 to 2011, she was the founding executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project, a large-scale prevention campaign and community outreach program that aimed to reduce methamphetamine use among teens. In addition to being widely embraced by local private and public schools, the Meth Project gained White House recognition as one of the most influential drug programs in the nation. Prior to the Hawaii Meth Project, Adams held executive leadership roles in marketing and operations at de Reus Architects, Call Sciences, MediaGate and various other companies.

An active participant in her community, Adams has donated time and compassion to the Texas Humane Society and served on the board of directors for the Friends of H.O.P.E. in Hawai‘i. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration on marketing. In her free time, Adams enjoys spending time with her family, including her two grandchildren.