DeLane Adams, Senior Executive Vice President of 617MediaGroup, has more than 25 years of media, legislative, and progressive/labor communications experience, including leading the communications of the national AFL-CIO’s Southern Region after having served as the Communications Director and Campaign Manager for the Georgia AFL-CIO.
Most recently, DeLane has worked as a Communications Representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, where he acted as the formal spokesperson and media liaison for the IAM, developed annual communication plans for the union across North America, and authored a wide-range of communication materials while working with Locals across the country.
Prior to his work with the Machinists and the AFL-CIO, DeLane worked in campaign and legislative roles for AFSCME Council 31 in Chicago and Citizen Action/Illinois in Chicago.
These roles followed his key work in helping the campaign of President Barack Obama historically prevail in the 2008 Democratic Iowa Caucus during which DeLane was responsible for the campaign’s organizing of six key Iowa counties, where he planned and coordinated events for then Senator Obama.
As an alumni of the “1st Class of Camp Obama”, DeLane helped organize supporters among the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Conference (CBTU) in Chicago, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support then Senator Obama, and was responsible for the presentation of the Obama Campaign mission in key Iowa settings and events. He drafted the policy and procedure manual for Chicago headquarter volunteers, while also recruiting supporters in Chicago to help with outreach efforts in nearby Iowa.
Earlier in his career, DeLane worked with Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor, the Florida Department of Education and Labor, and also ran a company that produced, directed, and wrote advertisements, television programs, and movies.
DeLane is a graduate of the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education.
DeLane is based in the agency’s Washington, D.C. office.