Adrienne W. Cochrane, J.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Cochrane oversees programs and initiatives in the areas of Youth and Education; Workforce Development and Training; and Economic Enrichment Services. She was honored by the NAACP as one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Connecticut. Cochrane serves on the Board of Corporators for Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Metro Hartford Alliance and the American Red Cross.
Prior to assuming her current position in September 2010, Cochrane was the Chief Program Officer for the Urban League of Broward County, where she supervised 48 staff with an eye for excellence to assure that Urban League programs and initiatives were carried out with the utmost integrity. Prior to assuming that position in August 2007, she was the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Quad County Urban League located in the western Chicago (Illinois) suburb of Aurora.
Cochrane is a highly regarded, results oriented leader with extensive experience in program design, development and implementation as well as fund development, budgeting and community building. She possesses a natural ability to team build and motivate high performance. Her business savvy and financial acumen attribute to her success in both non-profit and for profit sectors.
Shortly after graduating from law school, Cochrane’s strong advocacy skills, coupled with an intense desire to help those who were not positioned to help themselves, brought her to the attention of the City of St. Louis Family Violence Council who was conducting a nationwide search for its first Executive Director.
As the sole resource developer, Cochrane increased Council funding from $40,000 to $2.2 million in diverse revenue during her five year tenure. In addition, Cochrane brought over 35 community agencies, service providers, government entities and other key stakeholders together in a collaborative network with one common goal: the eradication of the insidious disease of domestic violence. She is known as a hand on manager with proven effectiveness in developing cooperative relationships and working effectively within diverse systems. Cochrane is an in demand collaborative partner, panelist, and speaker.
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.