Brian Hopkins, of Chicago, is one of four alumni being inducted into the 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame at Moraine Valley Community College.

“It was an absolute thrilled to get this news,” said Hopkins, who lived in Oak Forest while attending Moraine Valley. “It brought back a flood of positive memories of some very happy times. For me, it really was coming full circle because I wouldn’t have the success that I have today if it wasn’t for Moraine Valley.”

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.

He is a past president and treasurer of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents and a former board member for Working Bikes, an organization focused on rescuing discarded bikes and redistributing them to countries around the world. The alderman also has served on the Lake Planning Committee and on the committee to design the proposed DuSable Park planned for a site near Navy Pier.

“We are delighted to have Alderman Hopkins among those being inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame,” said Kristy McGreal, executive director of the Foundation. “He was passionate about his causes when he was at Moraine Valley, and he remains passionate about causes close to his heart as he works to provide services for his constituents. We are honored to have the alderman among this elite group of graduates,” she said.

Hopkins, along with Dr. Jehad Matariyeh, of Homer Glen; Debbie Izzo, of Evergreen Park; and Theresa Hattar, of Chicago; will be inducted Feb. 22, at the  dinner, which is sponsored by UPS, a Foundation platinum sponsor . For more information, contact Kristy McGreal at