After graduating from Loy Norrix High School in Kalamazoo, MI in 1996, Elrico Hurley knew his mission was to positively influence his community. Over the next fifteen years, Elrico has taken his community, state and country by storm engaging it in dialogue and action for its forgotten citizens.
Elrico is a highly sought-after expert in youth issues and leadership development, training more than 3,500 individuals on various issues, opportunities, and/or skills. A strong advocate for his community, Elrico champions the causes of those who are under-served and under-represented. His passion for youth and civil rights has led to his involvement with various non-profits, specializing in public policy advocacy, strategic planning, public relations/communication strategies, board development, and civic-engagement. His involvements include the NAACP, Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, and his church Christian Life Center. In 2002, the electorate of the Kalamazoo Public Schools District elected him to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2003, Hurley was elected as the President-Elect for the Michigan State Caucus of Black School Board Members. Through these roles, he effectively advocates for the financial, educational, political, and social needs of his constituency at the local, state, and national levels.
A 2001 inductee to the International Who’s Who of Business Professionals, Elrico has received many awards and accolades. Former Michigan Governor John Engler authored a special tribute to Elrico for his dedication to the youth of Michigan. He has received similar tributes by Former Lt. Governor Dick Posthumous. He has also been the recipient of awards of merit or appreciation from U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs among others. Elrico proudly attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1996.