Richard F Lopez currently serves as Director of Federal and Administration Affairs at General Motors where he specializes in emerging technologies, safety and defense. In this capacity, his responsibilities include working with Federal Departments and Agencies, Congress and the White House on issues impacting connected and autonomous vehicles, automotive safety, cybersecurity, privacy and defense. In addition, Mr. Lopez is General Motors’ DC liaison on Hispanic Outreach and Community Affairs and is a founding board member of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association.
Prior to joining General Motors, Mr. Lopez was Senior Director for Federal Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the trade association representing twelve of the world’s top automobile manufacturers. Previously Mr. Lopez served as Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and started his professional career working for Senate Majority/Minority Leader Harry Reid from Nevada, Texas Representative Henry Cuellar and California Representative Joe Baca. He also served as Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s (CHC) Political Action Committee, BOLD PAC.
A native of Houston Texas, Mr. Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double minor in Economics and Spanish from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science National Honor Society. He resides in Spring Valley, Washington DC with his wife Sarah, daughter Claudia, son Gabriel and their rescue mutt Lakyn.