The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce named Ilaya Hopkins of Bethesda vice president of public affairs, overseeing the chamber’s communications and its government affairs at the federal, state and local levels.
Hopkins most recently was executive director of Maryland Leadership Workshops, running the statewide nonprofit and its core summer programs for three years. She served on the Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board, the county executive’s Base Realignment and Closure Implementation Committee and numerous civic, education and community organizations.
Earlier, Hopkins was an organizational development consultant for high-tech clients in Silicon Valley, managed external affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and was a presidential management intern in the federal government. She has a master’s in Western European studies and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At the chamber, she succeeds Jonathan Sachs, who in June joined Adventist Healthcare of Gaithersburg as director of public policy.
— Gazette staff