Michelle Adams, a 1990 graduate of Jamestown High School, was recently named one of the most influential people not in politics by City Hall, a monthly New York City publication targeted to the politicians, staffers, lobbyists, unions, and industry leaders who shape New York City and state politics and government.
Ms. Adams is the daughter Linda and Larry Adams of Jamestown. She is a 1994 graduate of the State University at Binghamton and attended New York University's Wagner school, where she counts Mitchell Moss, the school's director (and a fellow influential nonelected), as an early mentor.
Her career has taken her from the Union Square BID to the Grand Central Partnership, followed by a stint at the Association for a Better New York, where she served as that group's director from 2002 to 2010.
She now manages Tishman Speyer's communications and philanthropy portfolios, a multifaceted task that includes helping manage the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and the Cuomo-endorsed Committee to Save New York.