Deirdre Childress Hopkins is the Director of Communications for The Hope Center for College, Community & Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia. Deirdre is the former Director of Public Relations for Visit Philadelphia where she served as the communications representative for Latinx, African American, LGBTQ, and Canadian tourism markets. Deirdre previously was Strategic Communications Manager for the $1.3 billion Pennsylvania Convention Center. Serving as the 2020-21 Chair of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Deirdre also is the first person of color to serve as its president in its 75 years. She was also Co-Chair of the 2018 Diversity Committee of the Public Relations Society of America, Philadelphia chapter. Deirdre is a former journalist who worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Daily News, and United Press International. Deirdre served as 2014 and 2015 Convention and Career Fair Program Chair, 2009-11 Vice President-Print, and 2007-09 National Secretary for the National Association of Black Journalists. Her community service includes the 2016 Philadelphia DNC’s Communications Working Group, 2015 Communications and Marketing Committee for the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit in Philadelphia, and the social media team for the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Deirdre’s hope: The Hope Center’s research gives families innovative ways to create higher education opportunities for students without breaking their financial stability for decades.