Mitchell Hopson is a self-proclaimed finance guy, but his interests and experiences extend far beyond numbers. He’s attuned to international affairs (and even got a degree in the subject), has lived abroad in China and Indonesia, and is an observer of office culture and norms (“People in the San Francisco office don’t say ‘AWESOME’ anymore. Have you noticed?”).
But Mitchell really lights up when he talks about community. He volunteers for the Diablo Black Men’s Group (DBMG) in the East Bay, an organization that aims to foster fellowship among African Americans and other minorities in the Diablo Valley. They also run a scholarship program to help high school students pay for college; in fact, the organization has provided over $100,000 in scholarships since it was founded in 1999. Additionally, he serves on a diverse local community board—Leadership San Ramon Valley. “I strive to be better, and help make my community better, because I should. Because I want to make a difference for my family and neighbors.”
KIPP is proud to have someone as dedicated as Mitchell heading the Financial Planning and Analysis team for the Foundation, coordinating the annual operating budget, and leading monthly financial performance reviews. He also gives the best advice for new-to-KIPP employees: “Find a mentor, friend, or a sounding board—someone who’s not on your team and who you feel comfortable asking the little questions that come up.”