Joe Adams (retired from Union Pacific) was Vice President - Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad and was responsible for the governmental relations, media, and charitable programs for the Railroad's southern region. In 1999, UP Chairman and CEO Dick Davidson appointed Adams to work with elected officials, business and civic leaders on issues in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
Adams began his career with the railroad in 1978 as an Assistant General Attorney in Omaha with responsibility for federal legislative issues. He was promoted to Associate General Counsel and put in charge of the railroad's government affairs program in 1982. In 1987, Mike Walsh, then CEO of Union Pacific, appointed Adams as Executive Assistant to the Chairman with responsibility for the coordination of senior management activities and the management of the Railroad's Executive Department. When Walsh left Union Pacific to head Tenneco, Adams continued in this capacity under Dick Davidson.
Prior to joining Union Pacific, Adams served in the Nixon and Ford Administrations in Washington, D.C. at the Civil Aeronautics Board, the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department. He is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School.
Adams maintains an office at the Union Pacific's regional headquarters in Spring, Texas.