Trustee of The Asia Foundation

Former Vice President, Global Law Affairs, Boeing

Terry Adamson is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation (1995-1999) and joined the Board in 1984. He is former Vice President for Global Law Affairs at Boeing. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of National Geographic Society, where he was also the chief legal officer, overseeing law, business and governmental affairs, and CEO of International Publishing. He was also the corporate secretary of the Society, 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. Prior to joining National Geographic, Adamson was a partner in the Washington office of Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, a New York-based law firm.

Adamson was a senior official in the Department of Justice during the Carter Administration, serving as 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 completed three terms 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. 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.