David J. Hopkins

President and Chief Executive Officer

In January 2019, David Hopkins became the 8th President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. The former CEO of Primary Care Health Services, Inc. (PCHS) headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, moves to Connecticut after leading the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Western PA, with a $12MM budget, 150 employees throughout the organization’s nine medical, four dental, seven healthcare for the homeless and one (1) family support service centers. 

Prior to joining PCHS, David operated an independent consultancy, Capital Solutions for Community ReInvestment (CSCRi). Passionate about culture, systems, and resources aligning to achieve operating excellence, he provided strategic management, community relations, finance, business development and community engagement consulting. Before venturing into entrepreneurship, David was a Senior Vice President at PNC Bank where he structured bond, treasury management and capital markets deals to finance projects for public entities in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland; led the community development bank for Western PA, Eastern OH and West Virginia; and managed critical project initiatives as an internal consultant to the C-suite executives.

David earned a BA in Economics from Guilford College, in Greensboro NC and his MBA is from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. After successfully completing and defending his comprehensive exams in the summer of 2018, he is an All But Dissertation candidate for a Ph.D. in community engagement, advocacy and policy from Point Park University.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Guilford and president of the Josh Gibson Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a youth teacher at his church, coaches little league baseball, and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

David and his wife DeVona have four children.

Urban League of Greater Hartford is the 66th affiliate of the National Urban League, whose mission is to reduce economic disparities in our communities through programs, services and educational opportunities. Founded in 1964, the Urban League is a community based, not-for-profit organization.

Press Release

2019-2020 Executive Committee Officers

Chair - Edwin Shirley, Senior Advisor Fairview Capital Partners 

Vice Chair - Brian Foley, Commissioner's Aid State Police Department

Treasurer  - Earl Exum, Vice President of Commercial Spares & Materials Solutions, Pratt & Whitney

Secretary - Julia Marquis Associate General Counsel, United Healthcare Inc.

President - David J. Hopkins, CEO, Urban League of Greater Hartford

Chair Emeritus - Dr. Paul Dworkin, EVP Community Child Health at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Y. Trevor Beauford - Pastor, Union Baptist Church

Janice Castle - Director of Community Engagement, Hartford Mayor's Office

Shornda H. Cadore - Sr. Director of Supply Chain Management, Pratt & Whitney 

Christopher H. Comey, M.D. - Chief of Surgery, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center 

Earl Exum - Vice President of Commercial Spares & Materials Solutions, Pratt & Whitney

G. Duncan Harris, Ed. D. - Chief Executive Officer, Capital Community College

David J. Hopkins - President & Chief Executive Officer, Urban League of Greater Hartford

Stephen F. Marshall, II - Tax Director, Barnes Group 

Julia Marquis - Associate General Counsel, United HealthCare Inc.

Edwin Shirley - Senior Advisor, Fairview Capital Partners  

Siobhan Wright - Director of Sales Northeast District, UPS 

Angela Woods - Director Corporate Outreach, ESPN

Urban League Staff


David Hopkins

President & Chief Executive Officer

Shenyka Jones
Administrative Services Coordinator

Blum Shapiro

Financial Management

Lois Stevenson

Consultant & Grant Writer

Adult and Community Education

Kathleen Reilly

Community Education Manager

Jason Hewitt

Adult Education Teacher

Yondel Gilfurt

Adult Education Teacher

Veronica Williams
Program Facilitator

Sade Blocker

Outreach | Retention Specialist

Youth Development

Kyrinda Richardson

Youth Development Program Manager

Dejah Morgan

Youth Development Assistant

Workforce Development

Yvonne Matthews

Workforce Manager

Economic Empowerment

Val-Gene Gripes

Economic Enrichment Program Manager 

Hazel Joseph

Senior Housing Counselor

Health and Wellness

Anika Maybin

Stronger Families, Stronger Future Outreach Specialist