Jacob Adams represents an increasingly rare cadre of Native Alaskan individuals whose leadership and tenure span a crucial time in the history of our country, and Native people in particular: A generation that has experienced sod houses and dog teams, witnessed extraordinary cultural, political and technical change, and now comfortably excels in the age of the information superhighway.
Mr. Adams was involved with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation even before its incorporation in June of 1972, and has remained an active leader in the company ever since – spanning a period of more than 40 years. Adams served as the corporation’s president and CEO from 1983 until 2006 and is currently on ASRC’s board of directors. Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is the largest locally-owned and operated business in Alaska, with revenues of $3.4 billion and more than 13,000 employees across Alaska and the Lower 48.
Adams’s leadership at ASRC has been significant. In addition to his prior role as ASRC board chairman, he serves on many corporate committees and subsidiary boards. He also serves on the board of directors for the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, dedicated to promoting philanthropy across the North Slope.
In Jacob’s own region of Alaska, he has served as North Slope Borough mayor, president of the North Slope Borough Assembly, and the Barrow City Council. Born and raised in a community of subsistence hunters and whalers, Adams was instrumental in forming the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, where he served as chairman. He is a current member of the Barrow Whaling Captains Association and is a volunteer for Barrow Search & Rescue.
His commitment to the welfare of Alaska’s Native community continues. Adams supports sustainable Arctic communities, promotes positive relationships with industry explorers and developers, represents the Native sobriety movement in his region and remains active in state as well as national politics.
Jacob is from Barrow, Alaska. He is married to Lucille Hopson and they have six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.