Adam Hartzell

Adam Hartzell, named CEO in December 2019, is a seasoned chief executive who brings a deep understanding of community-based organizations to his work as CEO of SouthLight.  Throughout his career he has demonstrated his commitment to mission-driven work, addressing social determinants of health, building collaborative teams, and implementing best practices as he strives to be a good steward of community resources. 

Most recently, Adam has served as interim Executive Director of Dress for Success of the Triangle. However, he launched his non-profit career nearly two decades ago serving as Executive Director of InterAct, a family services organization in Raleigh. Adam’s expertise in operationalizing service delivery models has led him in recent years to focus on innovative projects at the intersection of social need and healthcare delivery including lead roles at Advance Community Health and United Healthcare.

Adam’s strength is in creating, implementing and uniting key stakeholders behind numerous marketing, fundraising and strategic plans.  Among his proudest accomplishments has been completing a multi-million-dollar capital campaign while at Interact that launched a nationally recognized collaborative model that provided wrap-around services in a first-of-its-kind whole-person care model. 

Prior to that, Adam was an attorney in Raleigh and, before law school, a journalist in New York City. Today, he lives in Wake County with his wife Melissa and two boys with whom he enjoys soccer, camping, canoeing, theater and going to the beach.