August 11, 2011
Adams Will Lead Legislative Staff
The Director of Strategic Planning, Virginia Senate will assist legislative staff
SAN ANTONIO – Michael Adams will succeed to the position of staff chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the nation’s 7,382 state lawmakers and more than 25,000 legislative staff. Adams served as vice chair of staff in 2010-2011.
“I think there is a universal expectation that legislative staff serve as stewards of the institution. NCSL’s commitment to the support of legislative staff is a cornerstone of the organization,” said Adams said. “It is an honor to assume this role in these challenging times to help guide NCSL’s ongoing effort toward strengthening that spirit of stewardship in statehouses across the country.”
Adams began his legislative service with the Colorado General Assembly in 1990 and was named the director of Legislative Information Services for the Colorado General Assembly in 2001. In 2011, Michael seized an opportunity to advance his own professional growth by becoming the director of strategic planning with the Virginia Senate.
Adams attended his first NCSL Legislative Summit in 1995. He was elected as an officer in the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) in 2001 and served as chair of the organization in 2003-04. He also spent three years as a member of NCSL’s Executive Committee and held a number of responsibilities in NCSL’s standing committees.
NCSL is the premier professional development organization for legislative staff. It provides training, professional growth opportunities and information sharing for legislative staff. NCSL has 14 staff sections and networks that sponsor meetings, training and publications. Legislative staff are eligible to be members of the NCSL standing committees, which address state policy issues and state-federal issues.
Adams received his B.A. in International Political Studies-International Relations from the American College of Switzerland. He is a native of Colorado.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.