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Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
In 2006, after eight years of service in the U.S. Army, National Guard and Reserve, Zaneta Adams was medically discharged with honor. During her time in the military, Adams served as a Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force Agent for the National Guard. Prior to her gubernatorial appointment to the MVAA in June 2019, she was an attorney at Williams Hughes PLLC, assisting veterans with compensation and pension appeals.
Adams has consistently demonstrated leadership through service and board membership. Current roles include serving on the advisory board for Fisher House Michigan and as a board member for the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Mercy Health Physician Partners and Challenge America, a national veteran resource nonprofit organization. She is also an appointed member of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Sexual Assault and Harassment Prevention Workgroup.
In 2021, Adams was named a Women Veteran Trailblazer by the VA’s Center for Women Veterans. The honor recognizes women veteran leaders and advocates who have made a significant impact on issues facing veterans, including education, employment, homelessness, mental health and wellness.
Adams holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia College and a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan Cooley Law School, where she is an adjunct professor teaching veterans’ law.