The Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce (OAACC) has appointed Cathy D. Adams its president and chief executive officer.
Adams, the founder of CDA Consulting Group, an events management company, brings more than 25 years of extensive experience and knowledge in marketing, branding, community outreach, and project management,” OAACC said in a statement. “As the new president and CEO, Adams plans to advocate for African American owned businesses through mentorship, leadership development, and business solutions.”
By leveraging her relationships with the media, community leaders and major corporations, Adams will provide members more access to resources and support.
She says the OAACC will provide technical assistance, access to capital, branding workshops, wealth management, business banking, certification workshops and ways to increase business revenue. Adams’ insists, “our business is your business and our monthly ‘Let’s Connect’ will give an opportunity for members to dialogue about individual needs.”
Adams started her career as a Jackson State College intern with her first eight-year chamber experience under the direction of the late Oscar J Coffey Jr., founder of the Northern California Black Chamber of Commerce. She served as chief of International Protocol for the City of Oakland. Her company organized the dedication of Frank Ogawa Plaza and continuously hosts community and political fundraising events.
Since 1999, she has produced more than 21 Madam C.J. Walker Business Community and Recognition Awards Luncheons that have featured nationally known celebrities and opinion makers.
Among her many accomplishments, Adams is currently the founding president emeritus of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.; founder of the Powerful Women of The Bay Awards, a founding member of the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the former commissioner of the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women. She is an active member at Beebe Memorial Cathedral Church in Oakland.
Adams says she looks forward to serving OAACC under the direction of Chairwoman Shonda Scott. She wants to partner with the Post News Group to encourage new memberships. For more information visit: OAACC.ORG or call (510) 268-1600.