Rukaiyah Adams

Former staff

She / Her
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Don’t grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
Clementine Paddleford

Rukaiyah is driven by the belief that we are all just trying to take care of one another. 

A desire to succeed in the capital markets for the benefit of everyday people brought Rukaiyah to Meyer.

Before joining Meyer, she was director of investment management at The Standard, where she oversaw the capital markets fund. She started her career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in San Francisco. 

Rukaiyah holds a BA from Carleton College with Academic Distinction, a JD from Stanford Law School, where she served on the Law and Policy Review, and an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

She serves on the board of directors of Oregon Public Broadcasting. She also serves as chair of the Oregon Investment Council, the board that manages approximately $90 billion for the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund. In the past, she has served on the boards of the Black Coalition on AIDS and Portland Center Stage. Her pro bono work includes negotiating on behalf of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, the Homeless Prenatal Project in San Francisco and the National Children’s Defense Fund. 

Rukaiyah’s proudest moment as a lawyer was serving as a voter rights advocate in Ohio on Election Day 2008, with Counsel for Change.

Rukaiyah joined Meyer in 2014. She is a member of Meyer's executive team.