<div style="line-height: 20px;">Chief, Office of Immigrant Affairs Office of the Mayor, Los Angeles<br><span style="font-size:13px;"> USA</span></div>
Dr. Linda Lopez has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and programs. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, she was an Associate Dean for Diversity and Strategy at the University of Southern California. In her current role, she built a department and a team from the ground up devoted to the integration of immigrant and refugee populations, the LA Office of Immigrant Affairs under Mayor Eric Garcetti’s administration and currently serves as Chief. Under her leadership, she has led a variety of initiatives and created innovative public private partnerships with philanthropy and the private sector. In the financial inclusion space, she has worked with the private sector and corporate foundations to deliver critical financial education tools to underserved communities who do not have access to the financial mainstream. Dr. Lopez was responsible for developing a program with the Mexican Consulate known as “the financial window” to provide critical financial tools and services to individuals seeking access to capital to grow their business and other integrated financial education services. In the health arena, she has led a multi-sector coalition of key industries and stakeholders to enact innovative health access for vulnerable and low-income populations. Additionally, she is the primary spokesperson for Mayor Garcetti on issues impacting immigrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable communities. Dr. Lopez serves on the board of the Red Cross-LA Region Chapter, and on the board and finance committee of Villa Esperanza, a non-profit committed to advancing the education for children and adults with disabilities. She was recently selected to participate in the BMW Foundation’s Global Leaders Fellowship and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy
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