ATLANTA — Kaiser Permanente of Georgia announced that Madelyn R. Adams has been named director of Community Benefit. The position was previously held by Evonne Yancey, who retired from the nonprofit health care organization in July after 25 years of service.
In this role, Adams oversees Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s multi-million dollar community benefit program, which includes the organization’s charitable contributions, community health initiatives, safety net partnerships and an educational theatre program. She also manages Kaiser Permanente’s charitable health coverage and care program, as well as other efforts to improve access to care and reduce health care disparities in metro Atlanta.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, Adams served as the executive director of the Atlanta-based East Lake Foundation. There, she led a team of staff, volunteers and partner organizations on a mission to transform a public housing project into a successful, mixed income community with a variety of support services focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Adams also spent 10 years as an executive with Atlanta Journal-Constitution, culminating in the role of vice president of Administration and Diversity. Her responsibilities included managing multiple departments, including community affairs.
Adams earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Duke University and a MBA from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. A dedicated volunteer, Adams serves on the Hughes Spalding Operating Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Woodward Academy Board of Governors, the Board of the Charles R. Drew Charter School, and on the Advisory Boards of the Alliance Theater and Imagine It! Children’s Museum. She is also on the Advisory Board of TechBridge, where she was a founding board member.