A first-generation high school and college graduate, Al Lopez’s career and service to IDEA and his community attest to the transformational power of education.
After finding his way to the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship, he graduated with an accounting degree, and later an M.B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, that set him on a course for a 30-year career as a finance executive for two international technology companies, Dell, Inc., and IBM.
Al retired from the corporate world in 2010 to serve the Austin community full-time where he was executive director of the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), a community development organization that serves helps mainly underserved members of Austin wanting to start a small business, has been a member on the St. John Neighborhood Association board, was board chair of the Austin Achievement Zone, and has supported the AVID program at Austin’s Northeast Early College High School.
In 2012, he was recognized as Austin ISD’s Latino volunteer of the year. Al currently sits on multiple nonprofit boards in addition to his service as IDEA’s fiduciary board chair, including Lifeworks Affordable Housing and People Fund’s New Market Tax Credit Advisory board. As part of their ministry involvement, he and his wife, Judy, also provide affordable rental housing for several families in the St. John neighborhood.