Adrienne Eadie Adams is the speaker of the New York City Council, leading the most diverse and first women-majority city council as the first Black speaker. She is also the first woman to represent Council District 28. Prior to serving in the council, Speaker Adams served as chair of Queens Community Board 12, and she worked as a corporate trainer and child development associate instructor. A mother and grandmother, Speaker Adams lives in Jamaica, Queens.
If you could give your younger-self advice, what would it be?
My advice to my younger self is to lead with heart and a clear purpose of serving the people of your community. Believe in yourself because you are good enough – just by being you. Never stop dreaming and believe in your dreams.
What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2023, and most looking forward to achieving in 2024?
I’m proud of the Council’s work to advance solutions to address entrenched inequities that impact New Yorkers. The Council passed legislation to improve mental health outcomes and advance new solutions that make communities safer, like expanding access to victim services. I’m also proud of our work to equitably confront the housing crisis, including passage of my Fair Housing Framework Act. These issues will require continued work, which I look forward to building on in 2024.
Do you have any movie/music/book recommendations for readers to check out in celebration of Black History Month?
I would recommend “Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou and “Becoming” by Michelle Obama.
Is there a person or organization doing particularly inspiring work that you would like to spotlight?
In my southeast Queens district, there are so many organizations that are working hard every day to support the health and safety of our communities. From our Crisis Management System (CMS) groups that are supporting victims of gun violence, to food pantries that are feeding families daily, these unsung heroes are doing inspiring work in #TheGreat28 and beyond.