Greater Baltimore Committee’s president and CEO Donald C. Fry selected Adriel A. Hilton as its first Public Policy Fellow.
The GBC Fellowship Program in Public Policy is a highly competitive program designed for college graduates and postgraduate students who wish to use their academic skills to work for the GBC, which since 1955 has been dedicated to serving as a leading visionary, resourceful and action-oriented group of private-sector leaders in the Baltimore region. More than 30 colleges and universities were contacted and more than 15 candidates applied for the inaugural fellowship position.
Hilton, who began his fellowship on September 4, will work closely with policy advisors at the GBC to research, develop, and advocate a public policy project related to the organization’s work on issues including economic growth, commercial revitalization, regional transportation, education and workforce preparedness, public safety, and access to health care.
Hilton is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education program at Morgan State University, where he serves on the University Judicial Board. In his role as the administrative assistant for the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy, he was involved in coordinating a number of projects relating to the development of the Policy Handbook. He has left an indelible mark on the campus of the institutions he has attended. While a doctoral student at Morgan, Hilton served as president of the graduate student association, a member of the University Council and the Graduate Student Concerns Advisory Committee.
In 2004, Hilton earned a Master’s degree in Applied Social Science with a concentration in public administration from Florida A&M University. He attended the H. John Heinz School of Public Policy’s Quantitative Skills Summer Program at Carnegie Mellon University and the Harvard Business School’s Summer Venture in Management program. He interned with the Florida Senate Committee on Education and the Florida Board of Governors’ State University System in Tallahassee, Florida. Along with being a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Hilton is active in several other honor organizations, including Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.
Hilton has also maintained a presence at professional conferences related to higher education, presenting on issues that reflect his research interests, affirmative action in higher education, the impact of historically black colleges and universities on its students and student development theory. He was a Graduate Student Policy Seminar participant at the 2006 Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference, a junior moderator at the Brothers of the Academy’s 2006 “Think Tank,” and a proposal reviewer for the 2007 American Education Research Association Conference in Chicago. He is a member of each of these organizations, in addition to the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals.
As a student at Morehouse College, where he completed his undergraduate degree as a cum laude graduate in Business Administration with a concentration in finance, Hilton served as vice president of the NAACP chapter, interned with the southeastern regional office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., and was a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Corporate Scholar. He helped organize the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) “Get Out to Vote in the 2000s” campaign and served as a student representative for the Emma Joe Adams Public Service Institute, which allowed him to work with the revitalization task force committee surrounding the AUC community.
Today, he serves on the National African American Student Leadership Conference Advisory Board and the National Black Graduate Student Association Executive Council. Hilton holds membership in several social and fraternal organizations, including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men of America, Inc.