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Announcing Comer Education Campus' Next Executive Director


Chicago, IL (July 16, 2019) – Comer Education Campus announced today that Rhonda Hopps will be the organization’s new Executive Director effective August 19, 2019. Hopps brings over 30 years of leadership in the education, strategic growth, and finance sectors to this role. She will succeed Greg Mooney, founding President & Executive Director, who will serve as the inaugural Board Chair of the Comer Education Campus.

“I am thrilled we have found such an incredible blend of talents in Rhonda Hopps.  She has a deep understanding of the challenges our City’s young people face and is fully committed to advancing our holistic model of education, enrichment, and college and career preparation,” said Mooney. “I am confident that under Rhonda’s leadership, the Comer Education Campus will move to a new level of growth and impact.”

Hopps has been a leader at Perspectives Charter Schools in Chicago for the past nine years, joining Perspectives as CEO in 2010.  There she managed a staff of 250 and led initiatives to nearly double Perspectives' student enrollment, including the design, financing, and construction of a new $25 million campus for three schools. Rhonda came to mission-driven work in the education sector after a successful 22-year career in real estate advisory and finance, with chapters at Allstate, Continental Bank, and Prudential. Hopps is currently on the board of Illinois Network of Charter Schools and formerly served on the board of Mercy Lakefront Housing, Clune Construction Company, National Louis University and IFF. She is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow. She earned her MBA in Finance and Real Estate from Stanford University and her Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Northwestern University.

“As a first generation immigrant from a family with limited financial means, I understand the need for young people to have access to caring mentors who provide them with critical opportunities which nurture the confidence and skills to design and create a successful life,” said Hopps. “The Comer legacy of working with the Greater Grand Crossing community and best-in-class partner organizations is inspiring.  All children in Chicago need access to these types of resources – but communities often lack the blueprint for how to get this model to work at scale.”

Hopps was selected after a very rigorous search facilitated by Koya Leadership Partners.  “I am delighted to welcome Rhonda aboard and excited she will share her strengths with our dedicated team  as we continue to foster the tremendous talent in the community where my father grew up,” said Guy Comer, Chair of the Comer Science & Education Foundation.

About the Comer Education Campus

Comer Education Campus is one of the most unique youth-serving organizations in Chicago. Located in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, Comer Education Campus is built upon a vision to empower youth with the tools they need to succeed and the belief they can reach their full potential. The Campus is comprised of the state of the art Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep and Gary Comer Middle School. Collectively, the Campus serves over 2,000 youth annually across Chicago’s South Side with a dynamic integration of academics, youth enrichment, and college and career preparation offerings. Working with best-in-class partners to provide a holistic approach to achievement, the Campus is changing life outcomes for Chicago’s youth.

Learn More: comereducationcampus.org