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Cliff Hopkins '92: From UMass Boston to Top Google Post

by Nanette Cormier

Cliff Hopkins
When Cliff Hopkins transferred to UMass Boston in 1990, he discovered something wonderful: profound acceptance and universal encouragement to realize his potential. The desire to ensure that those qualities endure in a UMass Boston education inspired him to join the Chancellor’s Council, whose members form the cornerstone of university philanthropy through leadership gifts of $1,000 or more.

He says the university’s “dynamic culture and quality faculty” contributed to his success at the College of Liberal Arts. Hopkins’s achievements were recognized when he graduated summa cum laude.

“The confidence I gained at UMass Boston permeated my work life,” he says. Following graduation, he received a national Outstanding Scholars award to work in public policy for federal food programs in Boston and Washington, D.C. A few years later, during the Clinton administration, he was in charge of food policy issues at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Hopkins made the transition from public policy to marketing during an exciting period of Internet growth, first joining MCI (now called Verizon) in Washington, D.C. He found his niche in high technology, which led to positions at AOL and PayPal. He began his post at Google in 2011. 

At Google, Hopkins ensures that the company excels at its mission by focusing on getting people answers through mobile devices. He believes his work at Google enriches people’s lives everywhere. Google saves time and “frees people up to live, laugh, and love . . . the things that really matter,” he says.

It was an easy “yes” when Hopkins was invited to make a gift at the Chancellor’s Council level. UMass Boston allowed him to launch his personal and professional life with confidence. He wants that experience for today’s students, too. 

 Hopkins’s first-time gift of $5,000 was matched by the Alumni Association’s matching gifts program, which increased it to $7,500. “I believe in democracy and the need for all people to have access to education, and a great education at that,” he says. 


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Apr 28, 2017

Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

 
May 03, 2017

Commencement ShoutOut

Commencement ShoutOut

Graduating students: make a gift of $15 or more to the Just Imagine Fund and record a video for Commencement video!

 
May 05, 2017

Spring Dance Concert

Spring Dance Concert

 
May 05, 2017

Jazz Night!

Jazz Night!

 
May 08, 2017

University Gallery Art Shows

University Gallery Art Shows

University Hall Gallery: A splendid environment for splendid creativity

 
May 11, 2017

Right From the Recruiter

Right From the Recruiter

A panel of four recruiters from various industries will share their insider tips and hiring advice.

 
May 19, 2017

Getting Serious About Social Media

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Day long conference on social media strategy 

 
May 20, 2017

Alumni and Friends Newburyport BBQ

Alumni and Friends Newburyport BBQ

Join UMass Boston alumni and friends in historic, picturesque Newburyport.

 
May 30, 2017

UMass Chamber Orchestra JFK Tribute

UMass Chamber Orchestra JFK Tribute

Celebrate Kennedy’s centennial musically with he world premiere of The Sounds of Silence, a composition by David Patterson.


 
Jun 03, 2017

Boston State College 50th Reunion

Boston State College 50th Reunion

Celebrate the decades, reconnect with friends, and salute your classmates' careers in education and other professions.  

 
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UMass Boston Golf Classic

UMass Boston Golf Classic

Swing for success and support Beacon Athletics and local community programs at the same time.