Julien Adams & Rosie Hodge-Adams
Children of the Caribbean Foundation
Julien Adams & Rosie Hodge-Adams, Co-founders
Julien Adams is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley (J.D., 1991) and the University of Southern California (B.A., 1988). He is a partner of the Law Firm of Dovel & Luner, LLP and his practice covers a broad range of business litigation areas, including entertainment litigation, intellectual property litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Julien is co-founder and President of Children of the Caribbean Foundation.
Rosie Hodge-Adams is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (MBA, International Business & Finance, 2006). She is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Children of the Caribbean Foundation. Rosie shapes and approves foundation strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and sets the organization’s overall direction.
Julien and Rosie were married in a very intimate ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John at the same venue where they met for the first time in their lives – the beach. The couple is proud parents of three children – Justin, Julien and Jaida. Making their children their priority, Rosie and Julien decided that Rosie who had worked in Securities and Investments upon moving from the United States Virgin Islands to Los Angeles in 1999, would give up her career in finance and become a stay-at-home mother to ensure that their children received the best possible care that only a mother could give to her child. Julien, who worked as a Federal Prosecutor at the time, shortly after accepted a position with the Law Firm of Dovel & Luner, where he remains one of the lead attorneys today.
Growing up in the Caribbean afforded Julien and Rosie the opportunity to appreciate the simple things in life yet aspire to achieve greater things in their lives. Hard work and good ethic, the principles instilled in them by their parents, their Caribbean teachers, their churches and the communities in which the two were raised – are what the couple credits for their success today. However, success in philanthropy is measured differently than success in business or government. And while Julien’s profession has afforded his wife Rosie and their children to enjoy a rather pleasant and comfortable lifestyle, [outside of seeing their children develop into healthy and independent young adult (Justin) and teenagers (Julien, and Jaida)] today, it is about the stunning strides that underprivileged children have made in overcoming the challenges that they face. Success for Julien and Rosie today, is about making a sad child happy. Success is about getting an HIV positive child to feel just as loved and accepted as the child who is HIV negative. Success is about ensuring that every child is happy over the holidays. It is about ensuring that every child has access to education and the books and supplies he needs for school. It is about reducing the infant mortality rate in the Caribbean, especially on Haiti. Success to Julien and Rosie is “about the gains made in helping others without – because in helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves, we express our true Caribbean values.
One of the greatest of those values is our belief that the best investment that anyone can ever make is in the life of a child.”