Ronald A Hopkins
Workforce Development Program Officer
Ronald A. Hopkins began working at 8 years old by shining shoes in New York City. He was employed as a “paper boy” at age 11 and joined the United States Air Force after completing high school.
He graduated from Syracuse University with a triple major: International Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Transportation Distribution Management. Ronald has been employed as a New Car Salesman, Bank Teller, Business Instructor, International Trade Consultant, Event Coordinator, Health Insurance Broker and more. Yet, he found his “calling” back in the 90’s working as a GED Teacher and Job Developer for high school dropouts and “at risk” youth.
With over 20 years of experience in youth-adult education and workforce development, Ronald has created, coordinated, and managed programs for the Educational Opportunities Center and Strafford Business Schools in New York, the Center for Literacy in Philadelphia, and the National Organization of Concerned Black Men in Washington DC.
He continues to provide leadership in grassroots community-based organizations with the development and delivery of city-wide educational systems for youth and adult learners which include: GED exam preparation, curriculum development, workplace literacy, youth advocacy, school-to-work internship projects, CASAS assessments and job placements.
As a Workforce Development Program Officer with DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, Ronald monitors the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and DC Trust funded grantees to ensure compliance and quality assurance with federal, state and local granting authorities. In addition, he provides technical assistance and develops strategic alliances that strengthen the quality and accessibility of educational opportunities and workforce services for youth and adults.
Ronald A. Hopkins volunteers as a mathematics tutor, a self defense Uechi-Ryu Karate instructor, serves as a chaperone on college bus tours, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.