Adem earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. A product of the New York City public school system, Adem was fortunate enough to earn scholarships to attend prep school and college. Adem is one of the first members of his family to graduate from college and earn a graduate degree. He received a B.A. from Haverford College, where he studied political science and philosophy.
Throughout his career, Adem has tried to pay forward the sacrifices his family made for him growing up. Adem has worked in a variety of roles across the private, public, and social sectors (even run for Congress). After Haverford, he became an organizer in Central Brooklyn. He then moved to Arkansas to help manage the re-election campaigns of then U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln and Governor Mike Beebe. Adem returned to New York, he became a Leadership Fellow at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the nation’s first community development corporation.
Prior to entering HBS, he spent three years working in New York State Government. Adem recently served as the strategy and innovation officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), one of the country’s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to revitalizing communities and bringing greater economic opportunity to residents.Back