Adrian serves as principal for Adrian Harpool Associates, a Baltimore-based strategic planning marketing/branding, public relations, and communications consultancy that assists in planning and implementing broad and ambitious programs in support of large-scale real estate development projects, political campaigns and public education/ awareness initiatives.
For over two decades Adrian and his associates have delivered solid and successful solutions to sometimes complex challenges for corporate, institutional, government, non-profit and political clients. He has led efforts to launch successful consumer brands, paved the way for large-scale real estate development projects and helped to execute effective campaigns for causes and candidates that have literally transformed the physical, economic, social and political landscapes of communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States and nationwide.
Recent and former clients include Johns Hopkins University, City of Baltimore, State of Maryland, Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, The Greater Baltimore Urban League, Baltimore City Branch NAACP, Forest City Realty Trust (recently acquired by Brookfield Properties), Edison Properties, Beatty Development, MCB Real Estate, Visit Baltimore, Cordish Company, Fraport USA and Centene Corporation.
He has provided advice and counsel to elected officials at all levels of government in Baltimore including president and members of the city council, city comptroller, and the last five mayors, serving three times on mayoral transition teams. He served as committee co-chair for housing/ economic development on the Governor Martin O’Malley’s transition team.
Adrian has contributed his expertise as a volunteer and a board member for numerous non-profit and civic organizations such as Jubilee Housing, Midtown Development Corporation, Bluford Drew Jemison Academy Charter High School. He currently serves as president of the Madison Park Improvement Association and as chairman of the Midtown Community Benefits District in Baltimore.
Prior to launching AHA, Adrian co-founded Twenty-First Century Group, a multi-cultural marketing firm that planned and implemented high profile consumer focused campaigns and events for healthcare and financial services industries as well as educational institutions. The firm managed regional and national programs for Wells Fargo Mortgage, Pfizer, Merck, Prudential, Aetna, American Skyline Insurance, Morgan State and Coppin State Universities.
As a student at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) Adrian studied journalism and broadcast communications. A student activist, served as president of the Student Government Association where he participated in the search and selection of an incoming university president and played a role in organizing protests on campus against Apartheid in South Africa and for the establishment of a Black Studies Program at the university.