Henry (Hal) Burroughs grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with a B.A. in history.
Between 1972 and 1998 he held various positions with the First Gray Line Corporation, a private Los Angeles-based company engaged in diversified ground transportation services in the eastern and southwestern United States, of which he became chairman and CEO in 1975. In 1997 he formed Fortress Capital and Fortress Holdings LLC, a private investment firm based in Beverly Hills, of which he is now principal and managing partner.
Hal presently serves as Vice President on the Cate School Board of Trustees in Carpinteria, California, where he has been a Board member since 1995. He also served as a trustee and as vice president, treasurer of the board of the John Thomas Dye School in Los Angeles between 1995 and 2005, and as a trustee of the Windward School in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2014. Other community involvements have been with youth education initiatives, the arts, and in fields of wildlife conservation and environmental preservation.
Hal and his wife Andrea reside in Jackson, Wyoming with the youngest of their three daughters and serve as Center Friends.