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

2022-2023 Executive Committee Officers

Chair -Jonathan Roberts - President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Valley Credit Union 

Vice Chair - Brian Foley, Town Manager, Tolland County

Treasurer - Elissa Eddie - Senior Vice President / Key Private Bank

Secretary - Shornda H. Cadore, Senior Director, Global Business Development, Pratt & Whitney

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

2022-2023 Board of Directors

Wes Alexander - Vice President of Workforce Solutions

Rev. Dr. Michael Bailey - Co-Pastor, The First Cathedral

Eric Blumenthal - Senior Market Development Executive, FEDEX Corporate Services

Shornda H. Cadore - Senior Director of Global Business Development, Pratt & Whitney

Christopher Clarke - VP Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch (Bank of America)

Elissa Eddie - SVP Sales Leader, Key Private Bank

Earl Exum - President of International Aero Engines, AG (a Pratt & Whitney joint venture company)

Brian Foley - Town Manager, Tolland County

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

Nichole Hughey, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Sirius XM

Julia Marquis - Senior Legal Counsel, Aetna/CVS

Stephen F. Marshall, II - Tax Director, AAA Northeast 

James Michel - Chief Executive Officer, Access Health CT

Renee Coleman-Mitchell - Chief Strategist- Academia, Government and Healthcare Ready Global

Luz Holmes - Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator, New Britain Housing Authority

Johnathan W. Roberts - President and Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Valley Credit Union

Laura Soll-Broxterman - President, Laura Soll Public Relations, LLC

Urban League Staff


David Hopkins

President & Chief Executive Officer

Charese Bozeman

Human Resources, Coordinator

Lois Stevenson

Consultant & Grant Writer

Adult and Community Education

Veronica Williams

Youth Development

Kyrinda Richardson

Youth Development Manager

Dejah Morgan

Youth Program Support Specialist

Liana Perez

Workforce Development

Timothy Fraylon 

Workforce Development Coordinator

Alysha Laing

Workforce Development

Economic Empowerment

Val-Gene Gripes

Economic Enrichment Program Manager 

Hazel Joseph

Senior Housing Counselor

Melinda Clarke

Financial Counselor

Dawn Davis

Foreclosure and Rental Assistance Program Manager and Housing Counselor

Health and Wellness

Neasha Weaver

Stronger Families, Stronger Future Outreach Specialist

Tamara Stephens

Hartford Healthy Start Outreach Specialist