October 24- November 4
"In Texas House District 45, we need a representative who will lead with strength and integrity, someone who won’t steer us wrong on the issues that have constantly let us down like the rising cost of living and property taxes. Maintaining personal liberties and parental authority in making decisions for our own children, along with protecting our basic Constitutional rights like the right to life and the Second Amendment are also important issues. I've dedicated countless years to service and made a career of training others to be leaders in their own right. I would be honored to lead HD 45 in these efforts, and I hope to earn your vote."
GET TO KNOW MICHELLE
Michelle Lopez has a passion for promoting and advancing the next generation of leaders. For more than 25 years, she’s harnessed her own leadership skills to guide her clients, students and community toward achieving their dreams and goals. Now, Michelle wants to unite her passion and expertise to benefit Texans in the Texas House of Representatives.
Leadership is a part of her “DNA”, beginning with her first successful campaign for Editor of the school paper in elementary school and serving as President of the Associated Student Government in college.
These roles throughout her education, and many in between, fostered Michelle’s passion for serving others and lending her talents to lead and mentor. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Texas Woman’s University, then her Master of Education from Texas State University. She went on to receive a doctoral degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University.
Over the years, Michelle made an impact on students in higher education as an adjunct faculty member and student affairs administrator. At a pivotal time when students are beginning their lifetime journey of growth and self-exploration, she inspires and cultivates students’ leadership talents and understanding of how to leverage these skills to achieve success throughout their collegiate years and beyond.
In 2016, Michelle founded Next Gen Latinos, LLC, her own coaching and consulting company that focuses on executive and team coaching, personal branding and career development. She champions emerging and experienced leaders to identify their strengths and achieve a meaningful life, sustained through authentic action.
A core value for Michelle is service to others, inspired by both her parents and her faith. She has used her talents to partner with city and university officials to promote engaged citizenship throughout the various sectors of the local community. Having served in a number of different leadership roles in Hays County and in the City of Kyle, she has helped businesses, schools and community organizations advance their goals to support and promote this rapidly growing county.
At a time when residents in San Marcos were concerned with noise in their neighborhoods, Michelle was a key university leader who formed a collaborative effort between the university and the city called Achieving Community Together (ACT). This partnership worked to effectively reduce the noise in neighborhoods and promote positive relationships between long-term and university residents. The program garnered international recognition and accolades from the International Town Gown Association (ITGA) and the Association of College Unions, International (ACUI).
During Michelle’s three-year term on Kyle City Council (serving two years as Mayor Pro Tem), she represented constituents in a rapidly growing segment of the state and nation. Her passion for education led to her facilitating the resurrection of the city library building project, prompting forward movement on the construction of the current city library building. At the same time, Kyle’s senior residents were seeking a permanent “home” to foster community and support for each other. As a Kyle City Council member, Michelle collaborated with the founders of the Kyle Area Senior Zone (KASZ) to bring about a partnership between the city and KASZ, resulting in the allocation of the old city hall building as a meeting space. The renovation of the old city hall provided a space that is today known as the Krug Activity Center serving KASZ and the community. While on city council, Michelle also served as chair of the city’s Economic Development Committee, during the initial stages of the major retail development at Kyle Parkway. Additionally, she served on the Hays CISD Board of Trustees, where she proved, once again, she is experienced and committed to guiding our youth toward success.
Her years of leadership and service in Hays County have included volunteering with the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Kyle Library and the Hays Education Foundation. She currently serves as President of the ICF Greater Austin Charter Chapter (International Coaching Federation), as Vice Chair of the Kyle Housing Authority, a member of the Ascension Seton Hays Foundation Board, and Co-Chair of the Governance & Membership Committee for ELLAS (Executive Latina Leadership Association).
Michelle is also active in her church, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, where she volunteers on the Pastoral Council. She considers one of her proudest accomplishments to be cultivating a vibrant marriage and family life for 25 years that honors her values of faith, family, fun and authenticity. A native Texan, she resides in Central Texas along with her husband and their son. Her family, her friends and her neighbors are in Hays; Michelle has a Heart for Hays!