WDCEP Board Member, Albert R. “Butch” Hopkins, Jr. Passes Away

Butch Hopkins & Keith SellarsAlbert R. “Butch” Hopkins, Jr., a valued member of the Washington, DC Economic Partnership Board of Directors and President & CEO of Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, passed away at his home on June 27th, 2012 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His tireless commitment to economic development east of the river and support for the WDCEP will always be remembered.

His biography can be found below:

Albert R. “Butch” Hopkins, Jr. was the President and CEO of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and President of AEDC’s wholly owned subsidiary, Anacostia Holding Company, Inc. (AHC). He also served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Eastcoast Development Corporation (EDC) and as Executive Director of the Office of Business and Community Assistance, Inc. (OBCA), the affirmative action and outreach office for The Portals Project in Southwest, Washington, D.C. As the President of AEDC, he was responsible for the development, implementation and control of plans pursuant to policies of the Board and funding agencies. Mr. Hopkins exercised control and direction of the overall fiscal, administrative and programmatic operations of the Corporation and represented the Corporation with respect to all human fiscal resources. He was the Senior Vice President for Development of the Owens Development Company, LLC, a real estate developer in the United States and the Caribbean Islands. In addition, Mr. Hopkins was inducted into the Washington DC Hall of Fame on April 10, 2011.

Mr. Hopkins’ previous experience includes the practice of law as a partner in the firm of Hopkins, Jones, Caldwell & Hopkins and later with the firm of Daniels, Roth, and Hopkins. He also held the position of General Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Deceptive Practices, Division of Special Projects, (Trade Regulations), and was Associate Engineer with the Human Factors Engineering Section of the Man Machine Department of Martin Marietta Company, Baltimore, Maryland.

As part of his community activities, Mr. Hopkins was instrumental in developing the Neighborhood Services Program (NSP) in the Anacostia region of the District of Columbia and served as one of the original members of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Hopkins received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1965 from Howard University, and was awarded a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Howard University’s School of Law in 1969.

Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals, United States Court of Military Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the National Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Hopkins held several leadership positions with numerous organizations throughout his career, including Anacostia Marketplace, Inc., Anacostia Management Company, Inc., and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership

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