Barbara Adams has served on the board of directors for FS KKR Capital Corp. (“FSK”) since 2018, and serves on the boards of trustees for KKR FS Income Trust and KKR FS Income Trust Select.
She was the Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel of the Philadelphia Housing Authority from August 2011 to April 2016, and a trustee of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Retirement Income Trust and the Philadelphia Housing Authority Defined Contribution Pension Plan from November 2011 to April 2016.
Ms. Adams served as the General Counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, from 2005 until January 2011. As General Counsel to the Commonwealth, she led a staff of more than 500 lawyers in representing then Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and more than 30 executive and independent agencies and commissions in litigation, transactions, regulatory, legislative and criminal justice matters.
Prior to her appointment as General Counsel to the Commonwealth, Ms. Adams was a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP in Philadelphia, focusing her practice on taxable and tax-exempt public finance, affordable housing development matters, state and local government law, energy law, and campaign finance law.
Ms. Adams currently serves on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and its audit committee, and is Vice-Chair of its affordable housing, products and services committee.
She is a charter member of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association, a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers and of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, and a former member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She also currently serves as an executive committee member and Co-Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Committee of Seventy.
Ms. Adams is a past member of the board and Secretary of Philadelphia Neighborhood Enterprise, a nonprofit corporation affiliated with The Enterprise Foundation. She is a past member of the board and Treasurer of the Reading Terminal Market and a past member of the respective boards of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and the People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia.
She has served on a number of other charitable and public organizations, including a term as Commissioner of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, as an advisory board member on the Homeless Advocacy Project of the Philadelphia Bar Association, as a Commissioner and Secretary of the Independent Charter Commission of the City of Philadelphia and as an advisory board member of The Nuclear World Project.
Ms. Adams previously served on the housing policy committees of the respective transition teams of both then Pennsylvania Governor-elect Edward G. Rendell (as Co-Chair) and then Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf.
She was also a member of the board of directors of FS KKR Capital Corp. II until its merger with FSK in June 2021.
Ms. Adams is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and a graduate of Smith College.
She is National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship Certified™. The NACD Directorship Certification® program equips directors with the foundation of knowledge sought by boards to effectively contribute in the boardroom. NACD Directorship Certified Directors pass a foundational exam developed by experienced directors and, via continuing recertification requirements, commit to continuing education on governance and emerging issues impacting the businesses they serve, to elevate the profession of directorship.