A native of Rochester, NY, Adrian Hale is the Senior Manager of Talent Strategy, Workforce Development & Education Initiatives at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his responsibilities at the Chamber, he serves on several boards, most notably as a community board member on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Editorial Board. Adrian was a driving force in making education coverage a priority, which resulted in the D&C’s Time to Educate Project, a public education campaign about challenges facing the Rochester City School District and potential solutions to address them. In recognition of Adrian’s work and service on behalf of young people in our community, he was awarded the 2019 Teen Empowerment Champion for Youth Leadership Award, making him the youngest recipient in the award’s history.
Adrian has recently been named the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council’s (FLREDC) Downtown Revitalization Selection Committee Co-Chair. This committee will be tasked with identifying a local urban core ripe to receive a $10 million investment from New York State. He has also been nominated and selected to serve on the FLREDC’s NYS Workforce Development Initiative Committee.
As a United States Marine, Adrian made two combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan and served with the United States Air Force reserves. He graduated from Monroe Community College with distinction in 2014 and was a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Upon graduating from MCC, Adrian transferred to Yale University, where he received his B.A. in Political Science and became a Director’s Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies with a focus on education reform and police accountability.