Adama Iwu

Senior Director, State and Local Government Relations, Visa Inc.

Adama has served as Senior Director of State & Local Government Relations for Visa since January of 2015. She is responsible for advancing Visa’s technology and business policy issues in the western half of the US. She also manages Visa’s relationships with a number of technology and industry trade associations.

Prior to joining Visa, Adama was the head of California Government Affairs for Farmers Insurance from 2010-2015. She has also served as the Director of Western States Government Relations at Advance America and as Director of Government Affairs for the California Association of Physicians Groups. Her career began as an Executive Fellow in the Schwarzenegger administration in 2005.

In October of 2017, The Los Angeles Times published an open letter – led by Adama and signed by over 140 women – on the pervasive culture of sexual harassment, discrimination and assault in politics. This resulted in the creation of the We Said Enough Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate bullying, harassment, and assault in the workplace. Adama now serves as the President of the Board. In December of 2017, Time Magazine recognized Adama as a Silence Breaker and featured her on the cover of their People of the Year edition.

Adama has a BA in Political Science from the University of San Diego and currently resides in San Francisco.

My Sessions

#MeToo/#TimesUp: A Defining Moment in History for Women

Keynote Theatre, 3rd Floor

This special #MeToo/#TimesUp panel dialogue will focus on how the women’s movement will leverage newfound transparency into the widespread issue of workplace harassment to ensure professional settings are safe spaces, work cultures are respectful and inclusive, and access to opportunity is equal for all. Panel participants include Ashley Judd, who broke the silence on Harvey […]

Morning Panel: #StandUp