State Senator Adam Hinds is a husband and a new father, which has only strengthened his life-long desire to ensure the next generation is better off than his own. He grew up in a small town in western Massachusetts and went to a high school where his dad was a teacher and a coach, and his mother was a librarian. His parents made it clear that working for the greater good was everyone’s responsibility.
Adam attended Wesleyan University and received a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He then joined the United Nations, and spent nearly ten years in the Middle East. He was based in Baghdad, Iraq where he was a team leader of a UN-led negotiation between the Kurdistan Region and Government of Iraq over disputed territory. In Jerusalem, he was a regional advisor to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. He worked for former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to establish a ceasefire in Syria in 2012 and was part of a team to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons program.
Adam believes the same skills and problem-solving spirit he used overseas make him a powerful advocate and voice on Beacon Hill, where he represents the largest district in the Massachusetts legislature since being elected on November 8, 2016.
Currently, Senator Hinds serves as the Chair of a new Senate Committee on “Reimagining MA: Post-Pandemic Resiliency” and the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue. He is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs and is a member of the powerful Senate Committee on Ways & Means. He is an active member of legislative caucuses for Gateway Cities, Regional Transit Authorities, Criminal Justice Reform, Regional Schools, Clean Energy and Food Systems and serves as the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus and the Senate vice-chair of the Cultural Caucus.
Before joining the Senate, Adam was the founding Director of Pittsfield Community Connection, a youth violence prevention program. He also led the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, based in North Adams, that empowers residents to respond to local challenges, including issues related to employment and mental health.
Early in his career, Adam worked for former Congressman John Olver and was part of John Kerry’s campaign for President where he worked for Susan Rice, the head of his foreign policy team who later became the US National Security Advisor.
Adam is married to Dr. Alicia Mireles Christoff, Associate Professor of English at Amherst College. Their son, Rafael Fernando Hinds, was born in May 2021.
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