Executive Director

Grace Adams comes to the Roundhouse Teaching Center after 16 years at the helm of the Bolsa Chica Conservancy, which she transformed from a fledgling local group to a robust regional leader in science-based education in wetland ecology and habitat restoration.  In her role as the Conservancy’s Executive Director, she was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s operations, program development and administration, marketing and fundraising.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Grace had a 28-year history of leadership in non-profit and for-profit strategic communications, community relations, business development, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy,  in multiple industries, including start-ups to global Fortune 50 companies like Honeywell International.

As the Roundhouse Executive Director, she is responsible for all facets of its operations from administration and fundraising, marketing communications, program development and oversight, and aquarium operations. She has a bachelor of science degree in tourism management from the University of the Philippines, and has completed executive leadership programs from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and San Francisco Academy of Communications.

In her free time, Grace is an avid soccer mom and scout leader who loves hiking, music and theater.