Chief Equity Officer
Alejandra Lopez is currently serving as the interim chief equity officer for the City of San Antonio. In this position, she advances equity in budgeting, community engagement, and service delivery. In 2017 the City of San Antonio adopted its first annual budget incorporating equity budget concepts over rough proportionality for key city services, such as street maintenance and animal care. The Office of Equity also improves services for community members submitting discrimination complaints. Prior to this appointment, Lopez served as the assistant director of the City of San Antonio's Economic Development Department, where she led a team of economic development 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.
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 the critical transition of the City’s Small Business Economic Development Advocacy Program and resulting in dramatic increases in the City’s contracting with small, minority, and women-owned businesses. She was also instrumental in the conceptual design and development of Launch SA, the city’s entrepreneur resource center located at the Central Library. She has also served in various additional departments supporting capital improvements, intergovernmental relations, and community services.
Immediately prior to her return to the City of San Antonio, Ms. Lopez served as the deputy director of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, where she led the City’s music and redevelopment divisions. During her time with the City of Austin, she managed and executed various community stakeholder processes to identify strategies to support Austin’s music industry, including the implementation of a live music venue extended hours program. She also oversaw the implementation of corridor stabilization strategies to help businesses address affordability challenges, and managed catalytic and award-winning public-private partnerships including the Mueller and Seaholm redevelopments.
Ms. Lopez earned a B.A in political science and M.P.A. from St. Mary’s University. She is also a graduate of the Alexander E. Briseno Leadership Development Program and the International City/County Management Association Leadership Development Program. In June 2014, she also completed 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.