Hopey Fink

Board Member

Church: St. Cronan Church; Central Reform Congregation

Work: Staff Attorney of Education Justice Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri 

Hopey Fink is a staff attorney in the Education Justice Program at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, where she works on systemic issues affecting education equity using a racial justice lens and a community lawyering approach. Originally from Indiana, Hopey studied linguistics and anthropology at Georgetown University. She then taught for several years in the Ft. Belknap reservation community in Montana, where she formed relationships with students and community members that continue to shape her self-interest in work like MCU’s—work that channels spirituality and belonging into changing systems of historical injustice. Hopey received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2020. During law school, she clerked for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Native American Rights Fund and participated in the Children’s Rights Clinic and the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic.

Since joining the Education Justice Program team in the summer of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s seismic shifts in the education landscape, Hopey has focused on creative and holistic solutions to novel education problems, as well as long-standing issues of inequitable school discipline and school access that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. She has been involved in impact litigation around the rights of students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care, and she frequently engages in advocacy with school districts and state agencies. 

Hopey first connected with MCU through her work combating the school-to-prison pipeline, which intersects with MCU’s Break the Pipeline initiative. She is grateful to support MCU's mission as a board member and a leader with the Transformative Justice team. Hopey and her partner Ben attend both Central Reform Congregation and St. Cronan Church, and in her free time, Hopey enjoys reading, biking, and fiddling.

MCU puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations and communities to change public policy for the common good.
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