Terrence B. Adamson
Trustee of The Asia Foundation
Chief Legal Officer and Board of Trustees Secretary, National Geographic Society
Terry Adamson is a previous Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation (1995-1999) and joined the Board in 1984. He is the chief legal officer of the National Geographic Society, overseeing law, business and governmental affairs. He is also the corporate secretary of the Society and is on the Society's Education Foundation Board and a member of the Board of Directors of National Geographic Ventures since 1996. He joined the Society in 1998 as Executive Vice President in charge of coordinating the international growth of the Society. Previously, Adamson was a partner in the Washington office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, a New York-based law firm.
He was a senior official of the Department of Justice during the Carter Administration- special assistant to the attorney general of the United States from 1977-1979, and also chief spokesman of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1978-1979. Nominated by two U.S. Presidents, he is presently completing his third term on the board of trustees of the State Justice Institute. Since its inception, Adamson has served as general counsel, trustee, and executive committee member of the Carter Center. He is a member of the Advisory Commission to the Archives on Presidential Libraries and a member of the Board of the Trustees of the National Legal Center on the Public Interest. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Henry Luce Foundation, for which he was a Henry Luce Scholar in 1975-76. He has frequently served as a Luce Scholar Selector in subsequent years.