GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College recognized the professional accomplishments and service contributions of nine alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend, June 2-6 on the Grinnell campus. Alumni Award winners are members of reunion classes who have distinguished themselves in their careers and communities and embody Grinnell’s mission of life-long learning and service.
Russ Adams, a 1985 graduate of Grinnell College from Minneapolis, Minn., received an Alumni Award. Following is the citation read about Adams’s accomplishments: “For more than two decades, Russ Adams has worked to make communities more livable, diverse, and environmentally friendly.
At Grinnell, Adams received his degree in American studies and earned All-Conference honors as a member of the varsity football team. After graduation, he worked for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group and was executive director of the All Parks Alliance for Change. In 1995, he joined the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (AMS) as executive director. He has helped raise millions of dollars to fund mixed income communities and affordable housing. He and his organization have also championed racial and economic justice issues, sustainable development and better urban growth policies.
In addition to his community work with AMS, Adams has served on the boards of the Minnesota chapter of the Sierra Club, the Sustainable Resources Center, and the Community Shares Fund. In 2006, he took a leave of absence from his job to work as field director for Keith Ellison’s successful campaign to become the first Muslim-American member of Congress.
For his efforts to make communities more inclusive and livable, Grinnell is proud to honor Russ Adams.”
Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.