Economic Development Department



Economic Development Department
City Tower
100 West Houston Street, 19th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205


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Alejandra "Alex" Lopez is the director of the Economic Development Department for the City of San Antonio. Prior to being selected as the director, Ms. Lopez served as the deputy director of the department where she led a team of professionals that continuously improve and execute strategies and tools to promote job creation and private investment through the recruitment, retention, and expansion of businesses to San Antonio. She also oversees the City’s international relations office, providing strategic direction in the execution of diplomatic functions and fostering relationships with sister and friendship cities around the world. 

Ms. Lopez has over a decade of service to the City of San Antonio, having also led the Economic Development Department’s small business division. During a recent interim assignment as chief equity officer, Ms. Lopez helped advance equity in budgeting, community engagement, and service delivery. She has also served in various additional departments supporting capital improvements, intergovernmental relations, and community services. Ms. Lopez also served as the deputy director of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, where she managed and executed target industry development strategies, business corridor stabilization initiatives and catalytic, award-winning public-private partnerships. 

Ms. Lopez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a masters degree in public administration from St. Mary’s University. She is a graduate of various leadership development programs, including the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, which focuses on developing high-performing public sector teams. 

A native of Del Rio, Texas, she and her husband Kenneth have two children, Jordan and Gabriela. 


  • Master of Public Administration, St. Mary’s University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, St. Mary’s University

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