President and Chief Executive Officer
Cindy Adams has dedicated herself to developing and advancing collaborative, systems-level solutions to address the community’s most deeply entrenched and persistent social challenges. Her 30 years of experience includes business—start-up and Fortune 500 companies—and nonprofit leadership. She was the founding executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project, which gained White House recognition as one of the most influential drug programs in the nation. Under Cindy’s leadership, AUW has become an innovative partner, developing deeper relationships cross-sector, strengthening its discipline of operational efficiency, and elevating collective impact to facilitate significant and lasting social change.
She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and attended Harvard’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.