President and CEO
Gene D’Adamo joined the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in January 2014. He previously was the vice president of community relations for Republic Media, which includes The Arizona Republic, 12 News and azcentral.com. In that role he became a leader in Arizona philanthropy, creating and directing Phoenix’s Season for Sharing Program, which has distributed grants to Arizona nonprofits since 1993. He also advised Indianapolis Star news executives on establishing a similar grants program in Indianapolis.
D’Adamo has served on 20 nonprofit boards and received numerous awards for his philanthropic activities. He is a former chair of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, and the Arizona Educational Foundation.
A resident of Phoenix for nearly 50 years, D’Adamo graduated from Arizona State University in 1984, earning a degree in communications. He also completed certification programs from the Kellogg School of Graduate Management at Northwestern University and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.
D’Adamo has worked closely with the staff of the Trust since its inception. One of his mentors was the late Frank Russell, who helped launch the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in 1998 and served as its founding chairman.
D’Adamo and his wife Debbie split their time between Indianapolis and Phoenix. They have three adult daughters and one granddaughter.