Meet the Executive Director

Executive Director Renée Hopkins

Renée Hopkins joined the Alliance for Gun Responsibility as Executive Director in August 2015.

As Executive Director, Renée oversees the development and execution of the Alliance's strategic plan for its 501c3, 501c4, and electoral activities.


Prior to joining the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Renée served as Executive Director of the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) since 2003. At the SPF, Renée was responsible for all strategic planning and oversight as well as day-to-day operations of the organization, including 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, working with homeless, at-risk, and gang-involved youth. There 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, Ms. Hopkins 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. 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 programming in King County during this time.

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 in 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 and volunteer mediator for Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice. She is currently a member of Seattle Rotary and serves on the International Committee. She is originally from Moses Lake, Washington.

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