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Adam Lister
Adam Lister

Adam Lister

Tennesseans for Student Success

Franklin, TN USA

"The ability to identify a north star but modify the path to get there—you should give yourself license to do that."

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Adam's work combines: Politics, Education, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

President & CEO

I leverage political advocacy to enhance educational opportunities for students.


Day In The Life Of A CEO Of An Education Nonprofit

My Day to Day

In my role leading a nonprofit focused on advocacy, I immerse myself in the vision of impacting lives beyond our immediate environment. Daily, I inspire my team to align with our collective vision, pushing the boundaries of strategy and innovation. I spend my time engaging with legislative leaders and coalition partners to craft and build support for our vision.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Political Science

    Kentucky Wesleyan College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I’ve always had a passion for government and politics, and aspired to be like Matlock.

  • 2.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

  • 3.

    I pivoted to economic development, focusing on rural infrastructure projects.

  • 4.

    I moved into education policy after a critical report exposed Tennessee's educational shortcomings.

  • 5.

    That ultimately led me to join Tennesseeans for Student Success, advocating for higher standards and better assessments.

  • 6.

    I now serve as CEO of Tennesseeans for Student Success, driving impactful education policy changes and advocating for student success.