Board, Senior Staff
Director/President & CEO, Emeritus
A native of Southern California, Larry Adamson is the President and CEO Emeritus, Member, Board of Directors 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 May 1998, Adamson served as Vice President of Administration for the Automobile Club of Southern California for 23 years.
During his tenure at The Midnight, he has been successful in growing the total asset 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 at 6th St. & San Pedro St. in Los Angeles’ “Skid Row”. He has also lead the efforts which secured one of the largest AmeriCorps grants in the nation for outreach services.
Adamson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He serves on several Boards of Directors and is the past Grand Master of the Free & Accepted Masons of the state of California. He has also served as President of Board of the Los Angeles Central Area Providers Collaborative, as Vice Chairman of the Board of ACSC Federal Credit Union and the Foundation for California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, he was elected to Who’s Who of American Business Leaders. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles.
For over 10 years, Larry served on the Board of Directors of the CSULA 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, an organization that represents the Alumni Associations of the 23 campus of the California State University system, where he served two terms as President from 1998 to 2000. The 1998, he was honored as the systems “Outstanding Alumni”. In 2005, Adamson was confirmed as a Trustee of the California State University System.
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), which he chairs currently.
Adamson is active in several community and social organizations. 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.
Adamson married his wife Lynn in 1974. They live in Newhall, California and have two adult daughters, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren.