Mario H. Lopez is the President of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, an advocacy organization dedicated to promoting limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise, where he brings extensive experience in media and public relations, political campaigns, and the public policy process. Lopez has appeared in a number of English and Spanish language print, television, radio, and online outlets, and has contributed written work to several publications. Lopez is a recent guest lecturer for the Leadership Institute’s Campaign Manager School. Prior to founding the Hispanic Leadership Fund, Lopez was tapped to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives as Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Conference—a group of between 8-16 Hispanic and non-Hispanic Members of Congress who together promoted legislation and policy that sought to foster Hispanic prosperity through free enterprise and traditional values. He implemented communication and political strategies, focused heavily on coalition building, messaging, and issue management. He worked on issues like trade with Latin America, Social Security, and immigration, as well as topics pertaining to small businesses, health care, tax reform, and education. He served as liaison to the White House, executive branch agencies, the private sector, and the public policy communities. Lopez previously served on the Hispanic Advisory Board for the Republican National Committee, and was a presidential appointee for George W. Bush. In his first post on Capitol Hill, Lopez served as Deputy Director of Coalitions and Outreach for House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts. He has been involved in campaigns in California and Virginia. Born and raised in San Diego, Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy the University of San Diego. He is a graduate of The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism, and performed graduate work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in both Political Science and the highly-regarded Master of Professional Writing programs.