Dr. Tracey Morant Adams
Recognized as a high performer focused on organizational leadership and community engagement, Dr. Tracey Morant Adams’ forward-thinking, world-class approach to business and relationship management, prepares her as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Renasant Bank.
Central to Dr. Adams’ current role with the bank is leading efforts in the development of programs and community initiatives, promoting small business development, and increasing business relationship management throughout Renasant’s corporate footprint. In 2019, she created The Nest for Women, an education program for female entrepreneurs to support the economic empowerment of women business owners through technical assistance and financial education. Additionally, as a divisional leader, she spearheads Renasant’s diversity, equity, and inclusion framework.
Dr. Adams attended the University of Montevallo and received a B.A. degree in Business Management. She received her Masters of Business Administration in 1992 from Samford University and has extensive post-graduate work in quantitative analysis from Temple University and Economic Development Training from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. from Alabama State University in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law after conducting extensive research on shared governance in higher education.
Adams is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a 2014 graduate of the Leadership Shelby County (AL) program. She has been recognized by the NAACP and other community advocacy organizations for her commitment to community and economic development in underserved communities. In 2018, she was named to Birmingham’s Mayor Randall Woodfin’s Transition Team as a strategic leader of economic development initiatives. Adams has been recognized for her humanitarian efforts by The American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, and Civil Leadership Award by the Birmingham City School System – Wilkerson Middle School. Further, she has received high commendations from the South Eastern Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for her outstanding Leadership Development initiatives and in 2015, she received the “Jessie Lewis Small Business Advocate of the Year Award” presented by the Birmingham Business Alliance. In 2018 she received the Fusion Energizer Award presented by Summit Media for Leadership and was recognized as a 2018 Woman of Distinction by the Central Alabama Girl Scouts. In 2019, she was saluted by Stillman College as an “Alabama Female Firsts” recipient for her leadership in the community and economic development. Recently, she was named as one of Savoy Magazine’s 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.
A native Alabamian, Dr. Adams is involved in a number of professional and civic organizations including the National Association of Female Executives, The Links, Incorporated, The Women’s Network of Birmingham, Samford University Brock School of Business Advisory Board, The Women’s Foundation of Alabama, The Girl Friends, Incorporated, the National Association of Parliamentarians, and is President-Elect of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham. In 2019, she was appointed to the Women’s Statutes Commission by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Additionally, Dr. Adams is a former member of the International Standards and Membership committees for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, former Chairman of the International Membership Committee, and now serves on the Sorority’s International Board of Directors as the current South Eastern Regional Director overseeing 116 chapters and 14,000 members. She is a life-long active member of the Sorority with 37 years of dedicated service. She is also actively involved with New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church where she serves as an Usher and member of the Sunday School Ministry.
Tracey, an avid reader, enjoys traveling with her husband Jeff Adams to new and exciting places and spending quality time with her stepson, JJ, her mother, Mrs. Callie W. Morant of Sylacauga, Alabama, and her incredible extended family.