Rhonda Hopps, a Stanford business school grad, takes the reins of this five-school, 2500-student network of charter schools.
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MBA Named as Perspectives Charter Schools' First CEO
Hopps, CFA, takes reins of five-school, 2,500-student charter network
CHICAGO (April 13, 2010)--Perspectives Charter Schools, one of
Chicago's original and most successful charter operators, has hired its
first chief executive officer, Rhonda Hopps, an MBA from Stanford's
Graduate School of Business who was born in Jamaica and raised in Evanston,
Once tagged by Ebony Magazine as
one of the most promising black women in corporate America, Hopps spent over a decade
at Allstate Insurance Company and was a senior portfolio manager in its
investment management subsidiary before launching an executive coaching
business. Hopps comes to Perspectives from her most recent role as director of
multi-family mortgage originations at Red Mortgage Capital, a subsidiary of PNC
Perspectives Charter Schools operates five schools around Chicago, including Perspectives
School, Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy, Perspectives Rodney
High School, and Perspectives Calumet
High School and Calumet
High School of Technology. Perspectives
School and Calumet High School of Technology, which opened
four years ago in the former Calumet
High School building in
Auburn Gresham, will graduate their first senior classes this year. The schools
project a more than 90 percent college attendance rate this year. 89 percent of
these graduates will be the first to attend college in their families.
Since joining the Perspectives team in January 2010, Ms. Hopps has been
working closely with Perspectives' co-founders Diana Shulla-Cose and
Kimberlie Day and the board of directors to develop a long-term strategic
growth plan for the charter school network, which is now in its fourteenth year
as a force for innovation and change in public education in Chicago.
"Perspectives is doing such incredible work in changing the way
education works in this city," said Hopps. "I feel privileged to be
a part of that effort to push our schools in a new direction--especially
now, when we really have to think creatively to deal with challenges of funding
and violence prevention for our youth."
Hopps has years of experience working with non-profit organizations.
She has served as either chair or member of the finance committees for LEARN Charter School,
National-Louis University, Illinois Facilities Fund and Mercy Housing
Hopps attended Northwestern
University and earned a
dual bachelors degree in economics and mathematics before entering the MBA
program at Stanford.
Perspectives Charter Schools is a network
of five high performing, tuition-free charter schools. Chartered
by the State of Illinois
in 1997, Perspectives schools are non-selective sixth through twelfth grade
urban public schools with an innovative curriculum noted for its double-period
math and literacy classes, longer school days, and frequent field studies and
project- based learning opportunities.
Perspectives aims to prepare students for success in college, the
workplace and in life through a rigorous and relevant education based on its
"A Disciplined Life©" philosophy, a set of principles meant to guide students to become intellectually reflective, caring
and ethical people.
As a result of Perspectives'
"College for Certain" initiative, 92 percent of Perspectives seniors graduate on time, 89
percent enroll in college, and after three years of tracking, 76 percent are
still enrolled in college- a success rate unequalled by most comparable
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