David J. Hopkins

President and Chief Executive Officer


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f Greater Hartford is an 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.

David Hopkins is the former Chief Executive Officer of Primary Care Health Services, Inc. (PCHS) headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. As the leader of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Western PA, David ensured the 150 employees throughout the organization’s nine medical, four dental, seven healthcare for the homeless and one (1) family support service centers, were fulfilling its mission to provide quality, affordable comprehensive care for everyone regardless of income level.

Prior to joining PCHS, David applied his vast experience as a versatile collaborative leader recognized for exceptional strategies to produce integrated results for contracted clients for his 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. 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.

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2019-2020 Executive Committee Officers

Board Chair
Edwin Shirley
Senior Advisor
Fairview Capital Partners

Vice Chair
Brian Foley

Commissioner's Aid
State Police Department

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

Julia Marquis
Associate General Counsel
United Healthcare Inc.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Trevor Beauford
Union Baptist Church

Janice Castle
Director of Community Engagement
Hartford Mayor's Office

Shornda H. Cadore
Sr. Director | Supply Management
Pratt & Whitney

Christopher H. Comey, M.D.
Chair, Surgery
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center

Julie Drouin
Vice President, Finance
Hartford Hospital 

Earl Exum
Vice President, 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.

Michael Parker
Regional Senior Vice President

Edwin Shirley
Senior Advisor &
Fairview Capital Partners 

Siobhan Wright
Director of Sales l Northeast District

Angela Woods
Director Corporate Outreach

Urban League Staff


David Hopkins

President & Chief Executive Officer

Blum Shapiro
Financial Management

Adult and Community Education

Kathleen Reilly

Community Education Manager

Jason Hewitt

Adult Education Teacher

Yondel Gilfurt

Adult Education Teacher

Veronica Williams
Program Facilitator

Youth Development and Workforce Development

Yvonne Matthews

Workforce Manager

Kyrinda Richardson

Youth Development Manager

Reenesha Baugh

Youth Development Specialist

Dejah Morgan

Youth Development Assistant

Sade Blocker
Outreach | Retention Specialist

Economic Empowerment

Lois Stevenson

Consultant & Grant Writer

Val-Gene Gripes

Program Manager 

Hazel Joseph

Senior Housing Counselor