Jane Adams is Vice President of University Relations for the University of Florida, where she is responsible for government relations, public relations, marketing and external relations at the national, state and local levels.
Mrs. Adams joined the University of Florida in October 2004, after serving as a public affairs executive with The Walt Disney Company for more than ten years. Her positions included Vice President of Government Relations and Manager of Media Relations for Walt Disney World and Director of Communications and Public Relations for Disney Cruise Line. She also helped to create and served as administrator for the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, which provides annual grants to environmental and wildlife conservation organizations worldwide.
Prior to coming to Disney, Mrs. Adams was Vice President of Media Relations in the Washington, D.C. office of Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm. There, she managed media relations for clients involved in energy, environmental and other public policy issues.
From 1981 to 1990 Mrs. Adams was a Press Secretary in the United States Senate, where she worked for Senators Ted Stevens and Frank Murkowski of Alaska.
Mrs. Adams has served in leadership positions with a number of organizations. She is the immediate past chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation and currently serves on its board of trustees. She is the immediate past chair of the Women’s Leadership Council for the United Way of North Central Florida and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Service. She has also been a board member for the Florida Restaurant Association, Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce, Disney-SBA National Entrepreneur Center, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.
A graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science, she is married to Steve Adams and resides in Gainesville.