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President and CEO
Renée Hopkins began her work leading the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) in 2002. She has been instrumental in the development of the organization and its growth to-date. She is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to provide all strategic planning and oversight of the Foundation, as well as managing day-to-day operations of the organization.
Renée began her career in 1995 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at a Volunteers of America (VOA) teen homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington, working with homeless, at-risk, and gang-involved youth. Soon after, she was promoted to 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 attending graduate school at the University of Washington. She also worked for King County as an Analyst for the Juvenile Justice Operational Master Plan, a multi-year process that brings together a broad-based group of youth-serving government and non-profit agencies, and community members to find better ways to promote justice, protect the public, reduce overrepresentation of youth of color, and help youth in trouble make responsible choices.
In 2000, Renée was hired by SPD to work in the Research and Grants Unit as a senior grant writer and researcher. It was in that capacity that her experience with non-profit organizations came into play while working with community leaders to begin the Seattle Police Foundation.
Renée received her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations in 1995 from Whitworth College, and Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management and Criminal Justice in 2001 from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She is currently a member of the Seattle Rotary and serves on the International Committee.
Communications and Program Specialist
Abel began working at the Seattle Police Foundation as the Communications Planner in July of 2011. He is responsible for assisting the Foundation achieve its communications goals under its strategic plan, assisting with donor engagement, and providing logistical leadership for programs per the direction of the President & CEO.
Prior to working the Seattle Police Foundation, Abel worked as a Summer Fellow at The Seattle Foundation. There he was able to work closely with the Vice-President of Community Leadership and Engagement, and several senior program officers in providing research for educational and economic initiatives, and assisting with grant evaluations. Before his fellowship at The Seattle Foundation he was working for LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar, as a field deputy intern.
Abel is a graduate of the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington where he earned his Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on Leadership, Management, and Decision-Making. Originally from Venice, California, he attended California State University (CSU) Northridge, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Business Administration, and as a finalist for the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. During his time as an undergraduate, he was active in the Associated Students of CSU Northridge and served as President from 2009-2010.
Dan joined the Seattle Police Department as a civilian employee working with the Fingerprint Team in 1997. In 2003, he was promoted to Administrative Staff Assistant and during the last 10 years has served in this capacity for several assistant chiefs and the president & CEO of the Seattle Police Foundation. Dan is responsible for all administrative support of the Foundation and providing logistical support for events and programs.
Dan is originally from San Diego, California, and graduated from Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington.