Carol Adelman

Development Chair of the Board of Trustees
I am proud to be an ASC Board Member Because:

The American Shakespeare Center is Shakespeare’s American Home. We are unique in our support of original staging conditions used during Shakespeare’s time, our intense effort to understand and present his words in the way they were meant to be presented, and our focus on spreading the joy of Shakespeare to all through our teacher training seminars, performances, camps and workshops at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton and on stages all around the United States.

My all-time favorite ASC moment was:

When I took my very young granddaughter to see her first Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing, which we had read before in the beautifully illustrated children’s book, Tales from Shakespeare, by Usborne. She sat mesmerized in the Blackfriars Playhouse and, as we walked out, said: “This was a great show!”

You should support the ASC because:

The arts in general, and the poetry of William Shakespeare in particular, help us to “apprehend more than cool reason can ever comprehend.” (Midsummer Night’s Dream). Shakespeare had the greatest insights into human nature, told the greatest stories, and wrote the most beautiful words that help us more fully understand life and the values we share. The ASC invites donors to participate in this noble mission by supporting our work.


Dr. Carol Adelman is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Global Prosperity (CGP) at Hudson Institute where she lectures and writes on global philanthropy, economic growth, foreign aid, and international healthcare issues. She publishes two flagship publications. The annual Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, which is the first comprehensive compilation of U.S. and other countries’ international private giving to the developing world. The second publication, The Index of Philanthropic Freedom, is an in-depth analysis of the ease of giving across the world. The Index is the first to measure, rank and compare countries on their environment for private giving.

Dr. Adelman is also president of Movers & Shakespeares, an executive leadership training company, where she and her husband, Amb. Kenneth Adelman, teach leadership to corporate executives. They also conduct executive leadership training at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and seminars on both Shakespeare and contemporary issues at the Aspen Institute.

As a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), she lived and worked in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. A presidential appointee at USAID, she was in charge of all foreign aid programs to Asia, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe when the Berlin Wall fell.

Dr. Adelman has served as Vice Chair of an advisory committee for USAID and Vice Chair of the HELP Commission, a bipartisan congressional commission established to provide oversight of the U.S. foreign aid program. She is a past Vice Chair and current board member of the Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of Freedom House and the American Shakespeare Center. She is past president and current board member of Capital Partners for Education, a charity that provides scholarships and mentors for low-income students in the D.C. metropolitan area.

She holds a Doctorate and Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins University and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She lives in Arlington, VA and Aspen, Colorado and has two has two married daughters, one a violinist with the Richmond Symphony and the other an executive with Kroger in Cincinnati.