- M.S., Adult Education, Capella University
- B.A., English, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Aisha Adams is the program developer for the Lenoir-Rhyne Equity and Diversity Institute (LREDI). Adams is an influencer with a heart for community economic development who champions social change advocates, thought leaders and courageous disruptors. With her curriculum and leadership, LREDI has trained equity advocates from several states who understand the importance of creating a culture of longevity and inclusivity in their organizations and communities.
Adams' vision is for LREDI to lead the charge in making Asheville the "Equity Training Capital of the Southeastern United States." Her work has been featured in Black Business, the Asheville Citizen-Times, Yahoo Money, University Business, FEMI Magazine, Capital at Play and ENSPIRE magazine.
Prior to joining Lenoir-Rhyne's Asheville team, she taught high school English at Asheville High School. In addition, she was director of training and support at Green Opportunities, an Asheville-based nonprofit that trains, supports and connects people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways.
In addition to her work with LREDI, Adams is a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of the Aisha Adams Media Group and partner organization Equity Over Everything, which advances equity by closing gaps in entrepreneurship and homeownership in low-resource communities. Her other ventures include the Asheville View, a daytime-style talk show that addresses hot button issues in Asheville, and Nappy Thoughts, a personal blog followed by thousands of people on social media. She also manages the Entrepreneurial Accelerator, a business bootcamp that ties fledgling businesses to community resources.