Hector H. Lopez

Hector H. Lopez (born December 16, 1979) is currently the Associate Vice President for Government, Community & Public Relations of the National Hispanic Institute.
Early Life
Born in El Paso, Texas, Lopez attended Cathedral High School, where Lopez was identified by the National Hispanic Institute to participate in the institute's high school programs. He went on to study at Georgetown University in Washington DC at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he received a in International Politics with concentration in International Law, Ethics and organization as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies. Lopez later went on to receive a in Communication with a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University in Villanova, PA.
While studying in Washington DC, Lopez began his career working at the United States Peace Corps and Generations United as a work-study student. After completing his undergraduate coursework, Lopez returned to his hometown of El Paso, Texas to work in municipal government where he served as International Trade Liaison and Industry Development Adviser for the City of El Paso, Texas. During his time in municipal government, Lopez also taught International Relations and Business Diplomacy at his high school alma mater Cathedral High School and served as the National Hispanic Institute's El Paso Project Administrator for the Young Leaders Conference (YLC).
In 2004, Lopez left his work in municipal government to become the Northeast US Director of the National Hispanic Institute and assist the organization in furthering its work throughout the northeastern United States and in developing its Leadership Service Center (LSC) on the campus of Villanova University in the Philadelphia, PA area. In 2006, he went to become the Associate Vice President for Government, Community & Public Relations of the organization that he had first become acquainted with as a high school student.
Lopez has been credited with expanding the institute's work in the northeastern United States, Mexico and Panama. Since 2004, the National Hispanic Institute has strengthened its work in the northeastern United States and Latin America establishing partnerships with institutions such as the City of Knowledge in Panama, New York University, University of Rochester, and Villanova University.

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