JO-ANN ADAMS

Raised Southern California, I was fortunate to attend John Muir High in Pasadena, a racially-diverse school, just as the civil rights movement.

Since the 1980s I have been involved in forming support groups for the gay and lesbian community. In 2007 I focused on getting civil unions passed in Hawaii; four years later the bill passed.

I learned a lot about organizing activists, educating legislators, developing strategies to move legislation forward in each legislative session.

I would like to share the "lessons learned" to help others develop communities dedicated to "the aloha spirit" - where all are welcome and in which our diversity defines us rather than divides us.

BACKGROUND

Education:

B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, California (1970);

M.A. from California University of Los Angeles (1971);

M.B.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington (1983);

J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California (1996).

Summary of Working Career:

After graduating from college, 20-year career in information technology as a consultant, manager and designer in the public and private sector (Public Sector: Riverside County, California; Thurston County, Washington; State of Hawaii / Private Sector: IBM Professional Services Division; Boeing Computer Services).

As a second career I entered the legal profession in 1996 (licensed in California and Hawaii). I focus my practice on estate planning.

Most recently I became a producer and host of a weekly talk show, "The TaLC Show," aired on local public television, 'Olelo, Ch. 54. I interview guests normally not heard - hoping to create compassion and build a more inclusive community.