Lydia Lopez works in the Office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. As Assistant to the Deputy Mayor, Lydia is the legislative coordinator for the County’s Culture and Recreations portfolio which includes the following departments: Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; Miami-Dade County Public Library System; and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Prior to joining the County, Lydia worked at FIU as the Assistant Director of HR & Budget at the University Libraries. She actually began her career at FIU as an intern in the curatorial department of The Wolfsonian–FIU, the University’s art and design museum located in Miami Beach. At The Wolfsonian she worked in the Administrative Office, and then in the Education department as Public Programs Manager. As Public Programs Manager some she organized events that included speakers such as architect and designer Michael Graves, graphic designer Steven Heller, former-senator Bob Graham, author and human rights activist Stetson Kennedy, graphic designer Paula Scher, and MIT biomechatronics researcher Hugh Herr.
Lydia’s volunteer activities include committee work with SAVE Dade and the LGBTQ Task Force. Lydia also participated in the LGBTQA Mentor Program at FIU. Lydia earned both her Bachelors in Art History and Master’s in Public Administration from FIU.