CEO of SJ Adams Consulting
To celebrate our 29th Fair Housing Council of San Diego conference on Fair Housing Laws and Litigation, we invite you to join us in honoring Stella Adams and her work by donating to the Stella J. Adams Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stella’s alma mater. This scholarship will be given to an African American resident of Stella’s beloved hometown (Durham, NC) who has been active in community service. Click here: https://give.unc.edu/donate?p=main&f=602447 (be sure to use code 602447 Stella Adams Scholarship) or mail a check payable to “UNC-Chapel Hill” to UNC-Chapel Hill, PO Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0309..
Stella Adams is a life-long activist in the struggle for civil and human rights, focusing on fair lending and fair housing.
She is currently CEO of SJ Adams Consulting, which promotes fair housing and fair lending through research, community education and community involvement. Most recently, she served as Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), which empowers and supports economically vulnerable individuals, communities and small businesses through advocacy, organizing, technical assistance and direct services.
For her public warning to financial regulators of “the danger that non-traditional mortgages posed to the economy,” Stella was cited by the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis of the United States. In 1998, Stella went on a 30-day hunger strike to bring national attention to the predatory lending practices of Nationsbank/Bank of America, resulting in a $100 million commitment to North Carolina communities.
She is a founding member of North Carolina’s HKonJ/Moral Monday Movement, was arrested as a member of the “Tillis 15” and is named plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of restrictive building rules imposed by the NC General Assembly.
Stella has been recognized by many honors and awards, including the Stella J. Adams Fair Housing Advocacy Award established by Legal Aid of North Carolina in 2013. She was named 2014 Woman of the Year in Civil and Human Rights by Spectacular Magazine. She is also a recipient of the Charles A. McLean Distinguished Service Award of the NC NAACP (2012), City of Durham Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), Individual Achievement Award of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (2006), and the Civil Rights Award granted by the National Association of Human Rights Workers (2005). She is also the recipient of the National Fair Housing Alliance “Fair Lending Advocacy Award” and HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity “Pioneer Award” for her work in fighting predatory lending.
Stella currently serves on the following Boards and Commissions: The National Community Reinvestment Coalition; The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. The North Carolina Fix the Debt Steering Committee, Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club, Reinvestment Partners and The NC State Conference of Branches of the NAACP. Stella is married to Thomas C. Adams, III and has three children.