Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

 2014 Adrienne W. Cochrane

Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Urban League of Greater Hartford, a community base, 501 (c)(3) founded in 1964 as the 66th affiliate of the National Urban League.  The mission is to reduce economic disparities in our communities through programs, services and educational opportunities.

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; 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; Career Pathways with Chrysalis Center and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; and the Community Action Network of New Haven (CANNH) Manage Your Future (MYF) initiative.

Among other honors, in 2011 and in 2015 Cochrane was honored by the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut; and in 2013 received the Trailblazer in Community Service Award from the Greater Hartford Branch of the NAACP.   She currently serves as a Corporator for Hartford Hospital; Corporator and board member of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Advisory Board member for The Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint 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.

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

Cochrane is a well-regarded, results oriented leader with extensive experience in program design, development and implementation, fund development, budgeting and community building.  She possesses a natural ability to team build and motivate high performance.  Her business savvy and financial acumen contribute to her success in both non-profit and for profit sectors.   

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.  


2016-2017 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

Secretary
Andrea Comer
Executive Director
CBIA Education

2016-2017 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

Andrea Comer
Executive Director
CBIA Education

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 

Sandra Eaddy
Adult Education Teacher

Jason Hewitt

Adult Education Teacher

Veronica Williams
Data Entry Clerk

Yvonne Matthews

Workforce Counselor/ Job Developer

Shanique Russell
WIOA Case Manager

Youth Development Department

Kyrinda Richardson
Youth Case Manager

Workforce Development & Training Department

Diane Lewis

Hartford Jobs Funnel/ Retention Specialist

Yvonne Matthews

Workforce Counselor/ Job Developer

Brittnee Johnson
WIOA Case Manager

Shanique Russell
WIOA Case Manager

Sade Blocker

Program Facilitator/ AVHS Coordinator


Economic Enrichment Department

Lois Stevenson

Economic Advisor/ Resource Developer

Val-Gene Gripes

Program Manager Economic Enrichment

Hazel Joseph

Senior Housing Counselor

Marie Fort
Senior Housing Counselor

Health & Wellness

Shenika Brown-Reid

Outreach Specialist Healthy Start