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Johns Wilson Hopkins

Occupation: Executive director of Baltimore Heritage Inc., a nonprofit organization founded in 1961 to promote the appreciation, preservation and economic potential of Baltimore's historic neighborhoods.

In the news: Hopkins is leading a coalition of preservation groups to save the nearly 100-year-old Rochambeau apartment building from demolition. The Archdiocese of Baltimore, which owns the building at Charles and Franklin streets downtown, wants to build a prayer garden near the famed Basilica of the Assumption, which shares the block with the Rochambeau.

Career highlights: Hopkins became the first full-time executive director of Baltimore Heritage in 2003. Before that, he directed the development of the Maryland Smart Codes Program to promote reinvestment in older buildings and neighborhoods. Hopkins was a co-founder and editor in chief of an environmental law journal, The Environmental Lawyer, at the George Washington University Law School. He is an adjunct lecturer at Towson University.

Personal: Hopkins earned a bachelor's in history from Yale University, a law degree from George Washington University and a masters in environmental policy from the University of Michigan. He lives in Bolton Hill with his wife, Mary, and 1-year-old son, Johns. He is a descendant of the great-grandfather of the founder of a certain Baltimore university.

Philosophy: "Quirky, charming, gritty, diverse, interesting -- Baltimore is wonderful and different because of all of these and more, and at the heart of it are our historic buildings and neighborhoods. I am thankful to be able to work toward good stewardship and growth in Baltimore."

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