Brian Hopkins

Alderman of Chicago’s 2nd Ward
Class of 1986
Hopkins earned an Associate of Arts from Moraine Valley and a Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Illinois—Springfield. While at Moraine Valley, Hopkins was president of the Distribution Education Clubs of America, which prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs. He also was active in the referendum that led to building the college’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. Upon graduation, Hopkins interned for the Illinois State Senate and was assigned to the Appropriations Committee. He was hired as the director for the Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness before becoming chief of staff to the Finance Committee for the Cook County Commissioners Office. In May 2015, he was elected alderman of Chicago’s 2nd Ward. He serves on the Budget Committee and has proposed a new subcommittee on homelessness.