Adam Fletcher is an internationally-renowned human engagement expert at CommonAction Consulting. He has a background working with individuals of all ages and organizations of all sizes, including schools and community organizations, government agencies, and businesses. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in human engagement from The Evergreen State College and conducted graduate studies in educational leadership and policy at the University of Washington. For more than 20 years he has combined his expertise in youth engagement with a passion for serving traditionally disengaged populations to provide adults who work with children and youth with scientifically grounded best practices.
Adam is the author of several publications, including the Freechild Project Guide to Young People and Social Change, the Meaningful Student Involvement Guide to School Change, the Washington Youth Voice Handbook, and SoundOut Student Voice Curriculum. He has been a consultant for a series on youth activism with Capston Press. He is a contributing editor for an academic journal called The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and regularly contributes articles to educational publications around the world.
Adam’s human engagement presentations have annually drawn upwards of 10,000 participants, with past clients and partners across the United States, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Brazil. Since founding The Freechild Project in 2001, Adam has consulted on human engagement for the National PTA, Seattle Public Schools, Youth Service America, the Human Services Coalition of Miami/Dade County, and YouthBuild USA. His work through SoundOut in 2002 led to the creation of his internationally-recognized “Frameworks for Meaningful Student Involvement.”
He currently serves as an advisor for several local and national organizations and agencies, including the Institute for Democratic Education in America, the National Youth Rights Association, and the Patchwork School in Louisville, Colorado. Adam is also a board member for Generation YES. He has served as a member of Olympia, Washington‘s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Olympia School District Communication Technologies Advisory Board. In 2010 he was awarded with an Action for Healthy Kids “School Hero” award for his work promoting human engagement.
Adam has keynoted at numerous conferences for the American Institutes of Research, Eastern Washington University, North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, Arizona Department of Health, Pennsylvania Youth and Family Leadership Institute, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services. The United Nations Development Program in Brazil, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Corporation for Community and National Service, the Alberta Ministry of Education, and many other organizations have hired him to consult and teach staff.
Today, Adam lives in Olympia, Washington, with his daughter Hannah and their cat, Mailbox. He enjoys gardening, parenting, and writing poetry.