A native of Southern California, Larry Adamson is the president and CEO emeritus and a board member of The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles’ premier social service agency serving the homeless, poor and addictive population of Southern California. Prior to accepting this position in 1998, Adamson served as vice president of administration for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 23 years.
During his tenure at The Midnight Mission, he was successful in growing the total assets to over $46 million, an increase of $20 million. In 2005, he led the corporate relocation effort of The Midnight’s new 138,000 square foot facility to 6th St. & San Pedro St. in Los Angeles’ “Skid Row.” He also led the efforts to secure one of the largest AmeriCorps grants in the nation for outreach services.
Adamson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State LA. He currently serves as vice chair on the board of the Cal State LA Foundation. For over 10 years, Larry served on the board of directors of the Cal State LA Alumni Association where he was president in 1996. In 1998, he was honored as the University Alumni of Merit. In 1996, he joined the CSU Alumni Council, where he served two terms as president from 1998 to 2000. In 1998, he was honored as the system’s Outstanding Alumni. In 2005, Adamson served as the interim alumni trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees.
His community service includes service on several boards. He is the past grand master of the Free & Accepted Masons of the State of California. He also served as president of the board of the Los Angeles Central Area Providers Collaborative, as vice chairman of the board of ACSC Federal Credit Union, and chairman of the Board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. He is the past president of his Rotary Club and is past district chair of Urban Emphasis for the Boy Scouts of America, Los Angeles Area Council.
In December 2004, Adamson was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to serve as commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), where he served for 13 years, and two terms as its chairperson.
Adamson married his wife Lynn in 1974. They live in Newhall, California and have two adult daughters (both CSU alumni), two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.