Deirdre Childress Hopkins brings veteran communications, national reporting, and marketing skills to the nonprofit center with a lifelong focus on improving diversity to broaden and improve public engagement. She is the senior director of communications at Temple University where she also teaches. Her journalism background includes The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Daily News, and The Washington Post. She has led communication efforts at for- and non-profits such as The Pennsylvania Convention Center and The Hope Center in charge of overseeing all internal and external communications for these organizations, ensuring messages are consistent and engaging to news media. Deirdre is a proponent of lifelong learning and is completing her master’s degree in communications management this spring.