Edgar D. Hopida is a Filipino-American who converted to Islam in 1998. He is currently the Senior Communications Strategist for ACLU of San Diego and the Imperial Counties. Edgar has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) San Diego Chapter since 2013 and has served as a Commissioner on the Chula Vista Charter Review Commission since 2017.
Previously, he worked as the Public Information Officer of San Diego City, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and as the Communications Director for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
Hopida was instrumental in the founding and development of the San Diego office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SD), and served as Director of Public Relations from 2006-2012 and later, as a Senior Consultant.
His past board memberships include founding board member of the Logan Islamic Community Center (LICC), founding member of the United for a Hate Free San Diego from 2007-2009, first Muslim member of the County of San Diego District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Board, where her served from 2008-2013, professional member of the Religion Communicators Council from 2014-2016, and board member of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation from 2015-2016.
Edgar Hopida holds a degree in Sociology from San Diego State University and a certificate in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management from Indiana University through ISNA’s “Young Professionals, Future Philanthropists” program. His religious education includes 15 years of studying several classical Islamic texts with Muslim scholars.
He currently resides in Chula Vista with his wife and two daughters.