On February 27th, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance alumna Renée Hopkins (’98) was chosen by King County Councilmember Joe McDermott as one of this year’s nine recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Distinguished Service. Hopkins is the CEO for the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and previously served as Executive Director of the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) for twelve years.

With a network of grassroots volunteers, Renèe spends her days behind the scenes honoring the voices of everyday people who want our communities safe from gun violence,” said McDermott. “Her work resulted in one of the most sweeping gun safety measures to be passed in the United States right here in Washington state, and her work continues to support our efforts at the County to enact common sense gun safety measures like the Gun Safety Action plan. I’m proud that today we can bring Renèe forward and honor her with this important award.”

The annual presentation of the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service is the Council’s way of thanking those who have made a particularly strong impact on the county and to encourage others to renew their dedication to serve their community. Councilmember McDermott also honors Hopkins in this video.

Congratulations Renée!