Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

 2014 Adrienne W. Cochrane

Urban League of Greater Hartford is an affiliate of the National Urban League, whose mission is to reduce economic disparities in our communities through programs, services and educational opportunities. Founded in 1964, the Urban League is a community based, not-for-profit organization.

Since assuming the leadership role of the Urban League of Greater Hartford in September 2010, Cochrane has built successful partnerships and strategic alliances, chief among them a multi-year, renewable lease  with Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center to house The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity in 5800 square feet of the League’s first floor; partnership with the American Red Cross to offer Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes at Urban League beginning Spring 2017; partnership with Harriott Home Health as a central location for their home health care operations; stabilized agency operations and revamped  the organizational structure; secured new, multi-year funding from diverse sources to fund programs and operations; and increased operating net revenue over prior years.  Additional partnerships include the YMCA REACH Coalition; Greater Hartford Technology Collaborative; the Community Action Agency of New Haven (CAANH) Manage Your Future (MYF); Career Pathways Program with Chrysalis; and Equity in Education with the Christian Activities Council (CAC).

Among other honors Cochrane has been recognized by the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut; and received the Trailblazer in Community Service Award from the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP. In 2016, she received the I am Empowered Award from the National Urban League as a Health and Quality of Life champion. She currently serves as a Corporator for Hartford Hospital; Corporator and board member of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where she chairs Mission Integration; Advisory Board for the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center; board member for Metro Hartford Alliance; board member for American Red Cross, Connecticut; and board member for Teach for America, Connecticut chapter.  In 2015, Cochrane was appointed to the Governor’s Youth and Urban Violence Commission.  In 2016, Urban League of Greater Hartford released the first State of Black Hartford since 1994 to wide acclaim.

Prior to assuming her current position, Cochrane was the Chief Programs Officer for the Urban League of Broward County, where she oversaw 22 youth development, wealth building, juvenile justice, education, and workforce programs.  She was formerly the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Quad County Urban League located in the western Chicago (Illinois) suburb of Aurora. 

 

Cochrane earned both Bachelor and Master degrees from Tuskegee University in Political Science and Counseling, respectively.  She received a Juris Doctoris (Doctor of Law) from Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO.  


2017-2018 Executive Committee Officers

Board Chair
Paul Dworkin, MD
Executive Vice President of Community Child Health
Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Vice Chair
Nicole Hughey
2nd Vice President | Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion
Travelers


Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair 
Earl Exum 
Vice President,  Transactional Aftermarket
Pratt & Whitney- UTC

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Stanley Battle, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the MSW Program in the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice
University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut

Claudio Borea
Co-Founder
Smart Cap Innovations, LLC

Janice Castle
Director of Community Engagement
Hartford Mayor's Office

Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Urban League of Greater Hartford

Julie Drouin 
Director, Finance and Budget
Hartford Hospital 

Paul Dworkin, MD 
Executive Vice President of Community Child Health
Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Earl Exum
Vice President, Transactional  Aftermarket
Pratt & Whitney- UTC

Nicole Hughey
2nd Vice President | Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion
Travelers

Michael Parker
Regional Senior Vice President
Comcast

Edwin Shirley
Partner
Fairview Capital Partners 

Angela Woods
Director Corporate Outreach
ESPN

Urban League Staff

Administration 

Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Premier Accounting Group
Financial Management

Natasha Moore-Harris
Director of Workforce Development and Quality Assurance

Karol Jimenez
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and Board Liaison

Genene Rosa

Receptionist/Intake

Adult Education Department

Kathy Reilly
Director of Education & Workforce 

Jason Hewitt

Adult Education Teacher

Veronica Williams
Data Entry Clerk

Yvonne Matthews
Workforce Counselor/ Job Developer

Youth Development Department

Elizabeth Wilson-Costen

Youth Development Specialist

Kyrinda Richardson
Youth Case Manager

Workforce Development & Training Department

Yvonne Matthews

Workforce Counselor/ Job Developer

Brittnee Johnson
WIOA Case Manager

Sade Blocker
Program Facilitator/ AVHS Coordinator

Economic Enrichment Department

Lois Stevenson

Consultant & Grant Writer

Val-Gene Gripes

Program Manager Economic Enrichment

Hazel Joseph

Senior Housing Counselor

Marie Fort
Senior Housing Counselor

Health & Wellness

Taquonda Woodson

Outreach Specialist Healthy Start