Mary Hopper


An award-winning communications professional, Mary uses her doctorate in languages to translate transportation and land use jargon into lay concepts. While Dilworth Neighborhood president, she helped form South End. Based on her neighborhood advocacy, she was appointed to the Planning Commission, chairing it for two terms and writing the city’s first Big Box study.

As the founding executive director of University City Partners, Mary organized transportation and land use conferences, oversaw branding and economic development efforts and advocated for its infrastructure needs. Mary’s company did public involvement for the earliest transit planning and consulted on the rezoning of Southpark mall.