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 is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) San Diego Chapter since 2013 and was appointed by Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas and the Chula Vista City Council to become a Commissioner on the Charter Review Commission in the summer of 2017.
Before joining ACLU, he served as the Public Information Officer of San Diego City College from January 2018 to September 2018. Prior to his work at City College, Hopida was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Thomas Jefferson School of Law from 2016- 2018. He also served as Communications Director for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the oldest and largest American Muslim umbrella organization from 2013 to 2016.
Hopida was instrumental in the founding and development of the San Diego Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego), an American Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, as its Director of Public Relations from 2006-2012 and as Senior Consultant from 2012-2013. While at CAIR-San Diego, he has appeared on local and national news media programs and has published for a number op-eds and letters to the editor for newspapers on Islam and American Muslim civil rights.
His past board memberships include: founding board member of the Logan Islamic Community Center (LICC) 1999-2013, a 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 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.
In 2007, Edgar was chosen to become a Columbia University Next Generation Project Fellow for the West Coast Assembly where he discussed new ideas about U.S. global policy and the future of international institutions.
Edgar Hopida holds a degree in Sociology from San Diego State University and a certificate in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management at 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 performed the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca in 2002.
He currently resides in Chula Vista, CA with his wife and two daughters.