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RHONDA L. HOPPS, CFA is CEO of Perspectives Charter Schools, a Chicago based charter school network of 5 schools serving over 2,200 students from 6th through 12th grades. Ms. Hopps has extensive experience in finance, executive coaching and non-profit governance. Most recently, she was a Director in Red Mortgage Capital’s Chicago, Illinois office where she was responsible for originating multi-family mortgages for Fannie Mae and FHA as well as tax credit equity. She has had exposure to both the equity side of the real estate business, through her work in Prudential Real Estate Investor’s acquisitions and sales group and on the debt side as a Vice President in Continental Bank’s real estate department. Ms. Hopps effectively utilized the extensive structuring and asset based financing skills she gained in those positions during her 11 years as a Senior Portfolio Manager with Allstate Insurance Company. At Allstate, she managed up to $4 billion in private placement, project finance and non-rated municipal investments. Prior to joining Red Capital, Ms. Hopps was President of Hopps Capital Advisors, Inc., which provided consulting, training and coaching services to corporate clients. Ms. Hopps received her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a concentration in real estate and finance and her BA from Northwestern University with dual majors in math and economics. Ms. Hopps is a 1998 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She currently serves as Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer for the Mercy Housing Lakefront board and also serves on the boards of National-Louis University and LEARN Charter School. Ms. Hopps has served in the past as Board Chair for the Illinois Facilities Fund. Ms. Hopps was previously a guest lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management for the following courses: Real Estate Finance and Investments, Advanced Real Estate Development and the Post MBA Course in the Kellogg Executive Program.
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