Charles Ryan Adams   -  Volunteer Faculty at the Leadership Institute

Charles Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams currently serves as Governmental Relations Director for the Alabama State Personnel Department.  In this capacity Adams is responsible for shepherding legislation through both chambers of the Alabama Legislature to benefit the 30,000+ state employees of Alabama.

During the 2016 Primary election in Alabama, Adams took a leave of absence for SPD to serve as Political Director for Senior Alabama Senator Richard Shelby. In an ever worsening climate for incumbents, Adams assembled a political team that routinely shattered records in terms of grassroots operations.  In under eight weeks Team Shelby made over 250K voter contacts.   On Election Day, Adams’ team pushed Richard Shelby to virtual reelection with a vote share of 65% in a 5-way race.

Formerly, Adams served as Executive Director of Alabama 2014 PAC. This political action committee chaired by former Gov. Bob Riley with the sole purpose of protecting the Republican supermajority in the Alabama Legislature.  Throughout the 2014 election cycle Adams and his team successfully fended off Democratic infiltrators in the Republican Primary as well as a $20 million campaign by the Alabama Education Association to oust the Republican leadership in the state legislature.  November 2014 saw the dawn of a new era in Alabama, with a new record of Republicans serving in the legislature and no incumbent Republican members losing their seat.  The super majority was not only protected, it was expanded.      

Previously, Adams was a Grassroots Training coordinator with the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA. During his time at LI, he traveled the country and trained thousands of conservatives in the art of grassroots campaigning.

Before joining the team at the Leadership Institute, Adams served at the Deputy Political Director for the Alabama Republican Party.  During the 2010 election cycle, he recruited and supervised a regional field staff throughout northern Alabama, and assisted in planning and implementing the party's 2010 Ballot Security Initiative, the largest undertaking of its kind by any political party in the State.  Due to the hard work of Adams and his team, the Republican Party claimed all statewide elected offices and its first majority in the state legislature for the first time in 136 years.

Prior to the 2010 election cycle, Adams served as a Victory Field Representative for the Alabama Republican Party.  He was embedded with the Wayne Parker for Congress campaign and oversaw the implementation of its grassroots strategy.  After the 2008 election, Adams served as the grassroots coordinator for several highly contested state legislative races.

Adams is native of Brookhaven, Mississippi.  He attended Mississippi State University where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science.  He is an avid fan of Southeastern Conference football, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (Hail State!), and the Alabama Crimson Tide (Roll Tide!).

Adams is married to the former Rachel Bunning and they reside in Pike Road, Alabama with their English Bulldog, Biscuit.