Dr. Ralph Adams social services and professional experience includes numerous opportunities in which he developed community and economic development initiatives, customized construction and skilled training programs, managed federal grants for pilot projects and coordinated employment-related resources within the community-at-large.
Dr. Adams has a broad-base of experience in workforce development, social/economic development/disparity, staffing/recruitment, contract negotiation, business start-up, non-profit development, and program coordination/implementation. He is a Certified Global Career Developer Trainer and Certified Department of Labor Trainer.
Contracts obtained to provide workforce/social/economic development:
- Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
- Dallas Independent School District
- Potter’s House, Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (TORI) via City of Dallas
- Citywide Community Development Corporation via City of Dallas
- Portfolio Resident Services
- RR Connection Consulting Group
- Transformance via City of Dallas
Regional Black Contractors Association
Adecco Staffing USA
Dr. Adams currently serves as the Chief of Business & Workforce Development for First Step Community Empowerment and Director of Workforce Development for the Regional Black Contractors Association. He served as the Director of Workforce Development Services for the Urban League of Greater Dallas & North Central Texas and worked closely with the Prison Re-entry Initiative, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and Green Jobs Training through Federal grants with an operational budget in excess of $5,000,000. Mr. Adams was instrumental in spearheading economic development through multi-family/single housing for low- and moderate-income families in certain demographic communities in Dallas County. Currently developing affordable housing initiatives in Arkansas.
Prior to his tenure with the Urban League, Dr. Adams was the Grants Manager for Lockheed Martin, IMS (Welfare Reform) and Community Resources Coordinator/Senior Business Development Leader under contract with Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas Workforce Centers in Dallas County. At Lockheed Martin, IMS, he wrote, developed, implemented, marketed and managed two innovative pilot programs (funded by the Texas Workforce Commission) with operational budgets exceeding $500,000. He was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and retention of staff servicing over 800 customers in Dallas County. Dr. Adams acted as the point person and developed/maintained relationships with the Dallas area Chambers of Commerce, Dallas County Community College District, state agencies, Community/Faith-based Organizations and churches. In addition, he fostered relationships with area corporations in the Dallas metropolitan area and businesses to encourage the recruitment, hiring and retention of individuals seeking to re-enter the workforce or to enter the workforce as an entry-level/first-time worker. In doing so, Dr. Adams spearheaded the agency’s outreach efforts and implemented/coordinated job fairs/recruitment initiatives that attracted over 50,000 job seekers.
Dr. Adams sit on these Boards and several Advisory Committees:
Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy Fellow
SCCIP Court, (Advisory Team)
Regional Black Contractors Association Board (Treasurer)
Southern Black Policy Advocacy and Network (Board)
RBCA Foundation (Board)
Lancaster Kiest Merchants Association (Board)
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