Born into a long line of public school educators in suburban Portland, Oregon, Rebecca Hopkins grew up feeling like school was home. Helping Mom and Dad grade homework was a fun family weekend activity and being a reading buddy to first graders felt more like a household chore than a high school resume builder (definitely more fun than doing the laundry).
It wasn’t until Rebecca moved to San Francisco and started volunteering for SFUSD that she became aware that our public school system doesn’t serve ALL of our kids. The realization that a public-school education left many Bay Area students ill equipped or unable to attain a college degree was shocking. Rebecca continued volunteering while pursuing her “first career” in book publishing, and while in grad school at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business she discovered the Education Leadership student group and began a residency at the Oakland Small Schools Foundation.
The residency served as a crash course in the strengths and challenges of Oakland’s public schools and an onramp to a love affair with Oakland schools that has lasted a decade. After completing her MBA, Rebecca accepted a position in OUSD’s Communications Department. She worked by the side of Troy Flint for six years, in service of and with mad respect for Oakland’s school communities.
The Ed Fund’s ability give Oakland’s students an extra boost and celebrate their successes was a natural draw, and when Rebecca became Deputy Director in 2014 it felt like a homecoming. Rebecca oversees Development, Volunteer Programs, and Communications for the Ed Fund. She leads a dedicated and talented team working to make sure Oakland students get what they need to succeed and working to make sure that you hear about it — especially for those kids who the system isn’t serving, our kids who need it the most.
Rebecca has three boys, a preschooler, a kindergartener, and a new high school student with special needs. Being a mom helps Rebecca keep students and parents at the forefront, and as a mom, the kids always come first. Rebecca counts Oakland students as HER kids.