As CEO for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée Hopkins oversees the development and execution of the Alliance's strategic plan for its 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and electoral activities.
Prior to joining the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée served as Executive Director of the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) for twelve years. At the SPF, Renée was responsible for all strategic planning and oversight, day-to-day operations of the organization, and the management of a 35-member volunteer Board of Directors.
Renée began her public service career in 1995 as a VISTA Volunteer at a Volunteers of America (VOA) teen homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington. Her initial work with VOA centered around homeless, at-risk, and gang-involved youth until she was promoted to the Manager of the Independent Living Program (ILP), which included a pregnant and parenting teen home. During her time at VOA Renée was responsible for growing the ILP program by more than 50%.
In 1998, Renée was introduced to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for the first time when she was hired as a research assistant for the community-policing program, while at graduate school at the Evans School of Public Affairs. During this time, she also worked for King County as an analyst for the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan – a multi-year planning process for the nationally recognized juvenile justice program in King County.
In 2000, Renée was hired by the Seattle Police Department to work in the Research and Grants Unit as a senior grant writer and researcher. It was in that capacity that her experience in non-profit organizations came into play, through working with community leaders to begin the Seattle Police Foundation.
Renée has a long history of volunteering in the community, including tenure as a Steering Committee member of the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Instructor for the SPD Community Police Academy, volunteer grant writer for various local organizations, Fairmount Park Elementary PTA Treasurer, and volunteer mediator for Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice. She currently sits on the boards of Code 4 Northwest and Seattle Neighborhood Group.
A lifelong native of Washington state, Renée lives in West Seattle with her husband and daughter. When not working, she can be found skiing or hiking with her family or reading in front of the fire.