Adam is a prolific social entrepreneur who personifies the rare combination of technology and philanthropy that is Instil.
His first company, Cornerstone OnDemand, became the largest educational technology company in the world. Cornerstone started in Adam’s one-bedroom apartment and grew to over 3,000 employees in 25 countries helping to empower over 75 million people around the world. Adam ran Cornerstone for 20 years, delivering over 2 billion courses to learners in 192 countries and achieving the company’s original mission to improve access to education on a global basis.
During the same two decades, Adam has been an avid social entrepreneur. Adam’s philanthropic work extends across the local, national and global levels. As Chairman of Team Rubicon from 2013-2020, Adam helped the team grow the nonprofit from 500 to over 150,000 volunteers to create America’s leading veterans service organization, which leverages the skills of military veterans to provide humanitarian aid globally. As Chairman of the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, he helped deliver over $125M of social impact, including the launch of DisasterReady, which has trained over 250,000 humanitarian aid workers around the world. In 2012, Adam led the merger of FAAN and FAI to create FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), the world’s largest voluntary health organization serving the food allergic community, then seeded Aimmune, which developed the first FDA-approved treatment for food allergies, helped build the UCLA Food Allergy Program, and launched AllerFund, the first venture fund focused on food allergy companies. In Los Angeles, Adam played a leading role in harnessing the power of the tech sector to give back to the city with the founding of LA-Tech.org and the launch of its 1,000 Interns Initiative, which is providing internships for a thousand students of color at LA’s leading tech companies. Adam co-founded and chairs 1P.org, a social enterprise tackling some of the most intractable problems facing our one planet, including homelessness, workforce development, gun violence and climate change.
Adam co-founded Instil with the belief that technology properly designed for nonprofits could massively scale the impact of the sector globally.