Executive Team

Ted Adams

senior vice president, Government Affairs, Public Policy & Community Impact

Ted Adams is senior vice president for Starbucks Public Affairs. In this new role, he is responsible for driving strategic initiatives for Starbucks Government Affairs and Public Policy and Community Impact teams, focusing on the company’s people, planet and profit-positive goals and objectives.

Ted is a leader with experience in all facets of global affairs, brand reputation, crisis management, and sustainability. Prior to Starbucks, he served as Chairman of Grant Street Partners, a global consulting firm focused on external affairs, brand reputation, entrepreneurship and innovation. The firm represented Fortune 500 companies, founders, and entrepreneurs on strategic planning and growth strategies. Prior to Grant Street Partners, Ted served as Vice President & Senior Counsel for Company Affairs at L Brands. He co-led the external and regulatory affairs portfolios, and the environmental, social and governance strategies for the enterprise.

Ted began his career as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and has held leadership roles in all branches of federal and state government. He holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a master’s degree in sports management and administration from The Ohio State University’s School of Human Ecology and Education. He graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Ted advocates for philanthropic causes in the community and currently serves on several non-profit boards centered on health, education, manufacturing, and the workforce: The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Ohio Excels, Jobs Ohio, Columbus State Community College Foundation, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Foundation Board for Behavior Health and Psychiatry.  Ted, his wife, and three children enjoy traveling, attending athletic events, and exploring new food and restaurant concepts. His favorite Starbucks beverage is a tall Flat White Latte with almondmilk.