State Senator Adam G. Hinds
Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District
State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) was elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 8, 2016 and assumed office on January 4, 2017. He represents the largest geographic territory in the Legislature, comprised of 52 western communities situated across Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Counties.
He serves as the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and the Senate vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies. He is a member of several other policy committees with jurisdiction over matters of importance throughout western Mass: Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Recovery; and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Senator Hinds also serves as the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus and is an active member of the Gateway Cities, Regional Schools and Regional Transit Authority Caucuses.
Senator Hinds was raised in Buckland and attended Mohawk Trail Regional High School, where his mother was a librarian and his Vietnam Veteran father was a school teacher. He attended Wesleyan University and then studied international law and negotiation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Senator Hinds is the founding director of the Pittsfield Community Connection, a program designed to proactively engage at-risk youth before exposure to and engagement in violence and crime. He, along with Pittsfield City officials, was successful in winning a grant that will bring up to $5 million to Pittsfield to move young men engaged in illegal activities towards education, jobs, and counseling. He continues to serve as the Chair of the program’s Steering Committee and is an active Board Member of Downtown Pittsfield Inc., dedicated to fostering local economic development.
Senator Hinds is the former Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, based in North Adams. As the leader of this organization he worked to connect, engage and empower regional residents to respond to local challenges, including issues related to employment, health and addiction.
Senator Hinds is working to keep young adults in the area through his work on the Steering Committee of the Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, a program of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and as a Member of the Berkshire Compact for Education. He is committed to our high quality regional institutions and is a Corporator of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Foundation and a Member of the Access and Benefits Committee of Berkshire Health Systems, the region’s largest employer.
Senator Hinds also serves on the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, and is a Truman National Security Fellow.
Early in his career Senator Hinds worked as Campaign Manager for former Congressman John Olver and as a regional director for John Kerry for President, where he served under Susan Rice, the former US National Security Advisor.
After the Kerry campaign, Senator Hinds was hired by the United Nations and spent nearly ten years working on issues at the heart of US national interest in the Middle East. He spent three-and-a-half years in Iraq, including as team leader of an UN-led negotiation between the Kurdistan Region and Government of Iraq. He was based in Jerusalem for two years as chief regional advisor to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. He worked with Kofi Annan to attempt to broker a ceasefire in Syria and was part of a team that worked to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Senator Hinds believes the same skills and problem-solving spirit will make him a powerful advocate and voice for western Massachusetts and an effective collaborator on Beacon Hill.
In his free time, Senator Hinds rides his Harley, skis, bikes throughout the district, and takes advantage of the abundance of outdoor recreation and cultural resources the region has to offer. He is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has a strong appreciation for a good cup of coffee.