Born in the greenest state in the land of the free and the home to the Grand Ole Opry, Adam’s childhood was idyllic to say the least. While hummingbirds and honeybees fed on his mother’s roses, Adam spent most days tucked in the Tennessee hills that enveloped his childhood home. It was there he learned to cook, to sing, to love, and perhaps most importantly, to explore. And while those memories of home have grown sweeter with the years, Adam has come to find a home in many, many places.
After high school, Adam took his own gap year and explored the American west as a professional ski instructor and backpacking counselor in Colorado. From there he was hooked, and continued to explore the United States as an expedition leader in various capacities. Adam has chased alligators in the Everglades. Outrun forest fires in the Sierras. Ran out of gas in the Bonneville Salt Flats, and made many, many truly gut-wrenching puns. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Adam worked for a grassroots political organization in Brooklyn before liquidating most of his things to work as an educator in Guilin, China. Since then he has taught in the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, the Costa Rican cloud forests and the Australian bush. Adam is fascinated by the intersection of people and policy, and his work has increasingly become centered on how we, both collectively and as individuals, can live, act, teach and learn in ways that affirm human dignity, uproot oppression and advance collective struggles for rights and justice. He also loves Carly Rae Jepsen.
When not embroiled in the human condition, Adam daydreams about country western music, bicycles, Danielle Steele, backpacking, and fresh baked bread. Look for him at your local farmers market, spoken-word slam, or korean karaoke bar. It is there he is most happy.
Adam in inexpressibly excited about having the opportunity to learn and grow in a company as worthwhile as Carpe Diem.
Lucille Ball is his great-grandmother’s sister.
Was once hit by a car.
Featured solo on Lifeway’s 2004 VBS hit track of the summer-Rickshaw Rally.