Earlier this year, Amelia Adams and Yvette Buckner created Adams Buckner Advisors as a result of their successful experiences in government relations, lobbying, and political consulting. They joined forces after helping make ‘herstory’ as chair and vice-chair, respectively, of 21 in ‘21–now the New Majority NYC–which played a role in ushering in the first female-led majority of the New York City Council. They both started their careers as community organizers, worked in government, and helped run successful campaigns for some of today’s most influential elected officials and leaders.
What motivated you to pursue a career in politics?
The saying “we didn’t choose politics, politics chose us” rings true. In our respective careers, we both recognized the homogeneity of people in leadership positions and proactively started working for candidates to diversify and expand the status quo. We became inextricably more involved upon realizing that the NYC Council would have only 5 women remaining after the 2021 election cycle if serious efforts were not made to prioritize and help elect more women.
What do you think are the most important issues facing the United States today?
Basic kitchen table issues – inflation, education, healthcare/reproductive health, the opioid epidemic, housing, public safety and mass incarceration are some of the most important for our families, communities, children and future children. We are also as a country grappling with mental health and how to treat those who are most vulnerable.
What are you most looking forward to now that the elections are over?
A lot of sleep and rejuvenation! Amelia served as a senior advisor for Governor Kathy Hochul and Yvette was the campaign manager for Attorney General Letitia James. We are looking forward to watching them lead and succeed and also to elevating other women into leadership roles. We are also very excited to help maintain the women-led majority in the City Council during the 2023 election cycle and get more women elected.