• Marlene Hopkins
  • Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings
Marlene Hopkins

Marlene Hopkins took the helm of the nation’s third largest building department in March of 2024 following her nomination by Mayor Brandon Johnson and was unanimously confirmed as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings a month later. Hopkins has served the City of Chicago for more than 25 years, including 18 in leadership roles within the DOB. Hopkins brings a wealth of experience, a deep commitment to economic development, and a passion for community reinvestment to her new role.

During her tenure with DOB, Hopkins has been instrumental in managing the day-to-day operations from the office and in the field. She played a crucial role in the rewrite of the Chicago Construction Codes, aligning them with industry standards and developing effective code enforcement strategies to improve the safety and quality of life for all Chicagoans. As First Deputy Commissioner, Hopkins has been responsible for ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, managing budgets, and fostering economic development through efficient permit issuance and inspections.

Hopkins holds a Master’s Degree in Legal Studies with a focus on Criminal Justice from Trinity Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who grew up in Avalon Park.



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