Meet Volunteer Advocate Al Lopez

Aug 27 2014

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Al Lopez spent much of his career as a finance executive with IBM and Dell before running the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), an organization where he combines his business experience with a community and economic development mission.

Al has always been active in his community. He serves on advisory boards for two public charter schools and he and his wife Judy are very active at the Austin Stone Community Church and its For the City Network non-profit.

Despite being busy and having 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren, Al finds time to be a CASA volunteer advocating for teenagers since Austin Stone focuses on helping children in foster care among its congregation.

“Judy and I are at a stage of life where we weren’t going to adopt or foster, so I thought being a CASA volunteer could be my way of participating with kids in the system,” said Al.

“I think every child deserves the opportunity to have somebody advocate for their best outcome. This is a very important and rewarding role. Sometimes we’re one of the only folks who are investing our own time to develop a relationship and an understanding of where that kid is.”