From the Board Chair: Announcing the St. Louis Community Foundation’s Next Leader

On behalf of the entire board of directors at the St. Louis Community Foundation, I am pleased to announce that, following a nationwide search, Dr. Kelvin Adams will serve as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Adams’ extensive background as a community leader, educator, and advocate for the St. Louis region makes him the perfect choice to lead the St. Louis Community Foundation into a new era of support for our region.

Dr. Adams served for 14 years as the Superintendent for the Saint Louis Public School District. His many notable accomplishments during his tenure with the District include:

    • St. Louis Public Schools regaining provisional and full accreditation from the Missouri State Board of Education
    • Increasing the high school graduation rate from 54 percent to 80 percent

Dr. Adams’ more than 40 years of unwavering devotion to serving youth, families, and communities will be a major asset to the future of the Foundation as we carry out our mission of inspiring purposeful philanthropy.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Adams to the St. Louis Community Foundation team! He will begin serving in this role on August 7.

Thank you for your continued support.


Shelley Seifert
Board Chair
St. Louis Community Foundation


Welcome Dr. Kelvin Adams

Dr. Kelvin Adams joins the St. Louis Community Foundation as an accomplished community leader and administrator. He served as Superintendent of Schools for the Saint Louis Public School District for 14 years, where he was the third longest serving superintendent and the longest in the modern era for the district. During his tenure with the district, he made sweeping improvements on almost every measure, including expanded access to preschool, reducing the dropout rate, increasing students taking AP courses, and increasing attendance.

As the St. Louis Community Foundation’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adams will guide the $500 million organization as it expands its best-in-class services and programs.

“I am excited about the possibilities,” Dr. Adams said. “The possibility of increasing collaborative philanthropy. The possibility of addressing our region’s most complex and persistent issues. And the possibility of the Foundation’s expanded leadership role as we work to create the conditions for a more equitable, connected, and stable St. Louis region.”