Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell has spent his entire adult career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he has demonstrated leadership and passion for improving the lives of all citizens in Kalamazoo.
Mayor Hopewell is President and CEO of Mobile Health Resources (MHR). Prior to his current position, he served as the Administrative Director of the Borgess Health Park where he led a newly constructed 65,000 square foot outpatient delivery center and 100 Borgess associates in Battle Creek, Michigan. Before joining Borgess, Mayor Hopewell served as the Community Relations Manager for Bronson Healthcare Group and was actively involved in community health improvement and wellness efforts.
First elected to the Kalamazoo City Commission in 2003, Mayor Hopewell focuses on comprehensive community development, public safety services, accountability, equality, innovation and efforts to prepare young people for the world.
Like his work on the Commission, Mr. Hopewell has served with distinction in many organizations that are working to improve our community. These include chairing the Kalamazoo Planning Commission (1995-1999) and the Kalamazoo Charter Review Committee (1997-1999) as well as his membership on the Kalamazoo Community Foundation Community Investment Committee (2002-2003), The Learning Network, and the Douglas Community Association.
Mayor Hopewell has also been actively involved with organizations that are dedicated to local economic development. He served on the boards of both the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce (1998-2001 and 2003-2004) and the Northside Business Association (1993-present).
Mayor Hopewell is a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School and holds an Associate's Degree in Health Technology from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, a B.A. in Public Service from Sienna Heights University, and an M.A. from Western Michigan University in Organizational Learning and Performance.
Last Elected: 2015
Term Expires: 2017