Biography: Robertson Adams

Robertson AdamsRobertson Adams is a seasoned professional with a diverse background in communications, journalism, and philanthropy. He’s worked at Knight Ridder, Nikkei, The Miami Herald and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Throughout his career, he has leveraged his strong communication skills and passion for storytelling to inform, engage, and create positive impact.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Robertson’s life journey has unfolded across various locations, including Gainesville, Washington DC, Boca Raton, Tokyo, and back to Miami. This rich tapestry of experiences has instilled in him a global perspective and an appreciation for different cultures.

Earning his Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Florida in 1986, Robertson embarked on a successful career in visual journalism. For over 16 years, he honed his skills as a visual journalist and editor for major urban newspapers. His expertise encompasses various media formats, with a specialization in videotext.  

At The Miami Herald he researched, reported and designed visual content on breaking news and features. At the Knight Foundation, he served as the organization’s webmaster and as an editor and project manager supporting Knight Arts Challenge, Knight News Challenge and all the grant making programs. He also served as the organization’s unofficial historian and carried the flag for the memory of the founders.

Since 2002, Robertson has transitioned into the realm of philanthropy, working as a program manager. He brings his strategic communication skills and passion for community service to his role at the Coral Gables Community Foundation where he serves in a marketing and communications role and also leverages his philanthropic knowledge managing the organization’s robust Scholarship and Grants programs.

Robertson’s dedication to youth development extends beyond his professional life. An active Eagle Scout since 1981, he continues to be a strong advocate for Scouting. For over five decades, he has been involved in Scouting, currently serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy/Girl Troop 941 in Kendall.

Robertson is multilingual, possessing conversational fluency in Japanese, plus some tourist-level Spanish and Russian. He is a proud father and actively supports his daughter’s passion for architecture, serving on the board of the PTSA for Design and Architecture Senior High School.