Steve Adami, MPA

Steve Adami, MPA

Executive Director, The Way Out Salvation Army

On March 29, 2024, I was granted a pardon by Governor Gavin Newsom.  After spending over two decades in and out of jails and prison my life changed. My recovery and transformation started in a pair of handcuffs. After being released from prison in 2010, I earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration (Public Policy/Criminal Justice); was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, a National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; and received the Barbara Jordan Award for Academic Excellence. In 2014 I was hired by the San Francisco Adult Probation Department as a Reentry Services Coordinator, promoted to a managerial position in 2017,  and was appointed the Director of the Reentry Division in 2020. In this role I designed and managed a portfolio of 22 million dollars of reentry services. In May 2023, I was appointed the Executive Director of The Way Out, a recovery-focused homeless initiative of The Salvation Army.

Reentry Conference Event Page

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
St. Francis Hall - St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Unveiling The Flaws In San Francisco’s Response to The Drug and Homeless Crisis

Destiny Pletsch, MPA
Deputy Director, The Way Out, Salvation Army


Steve Adami, MPA
Executive Director, The Way Out Salvation Army
Cedric Akbar
Director of Forensic Services
Cregg Johnson
Director TRP Academy, Westside Community Services
Mackenzie Houston
Supervisor, Westside Community Services
Tom Wolf
Recovery Advocate and Founder Pacific Alliance for Prevention and Recovery


The panel confronts the escalating crisis gripping the city: the intertwined issues of drug abuse and homelessness, which have resulted in a staggering 3,300 fatal overdoses since 2019. Despite significant investments, public systems are failing, exacerbating street conditions, and eroding public trust while residents suffer. Common sense strategies are often overlooked, leading to tragic outcomes, including deaths within government-funded housing sites. The panel underscores the stark lack of equity in the city's response, particularly the marginalization of communities of color, who bear a disproportionate burden of the crisis. It stresses the urgent need to address the glaring pay disparities between non-profit workers and city employees. By centering equity, rectifying systemic flaws, and ensuring fair compensation, the panel advocates for a more just and effective approach to tackling this pressing challenge facing San Francisco.