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2018 Reaching Home Housing Awards Keynote Speaker: Rafael Lopez

Rafael López is a Managing Director for Accenture’s Health & Public Service practice in North America. His responsibilities include partnering with decision makers in government, education and nonprofit organization clients to solve some of the toughest challenges facing children, families and communities. His diverse portfolio includes leveraging technology and innovation to shape national strategies for health and human service clients throughout North America. Specifically, Rafael will work across the child support, child welfare, public assistance and public health sub-offerings to identify, develop and deploy innovative offerings.

López joined Accenture in 2017. Previously, he served as the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a role to which he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate. Immediately prior to his confirmation, López served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President, and with the Domestic Policy Council.

López has dedicated his career to improving the lives of children, youth and families and previously served in a variety of leadership roles at the city, county and state level. Prior to his service at the White House, López was an Associate Director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private, national philanthropy devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. Previously, López served as the President and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. where he was a member of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Cabinet. From 2006-2009, López was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on his Cabinet as the Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families. López previously served as the Deputy Director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families and as Senior Deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. From 1999-2004, López served as the Founding Executive Director of First 5 Santa Cruz County where he launched the countywide implementation of the California Children and Families First Act-Proposition 10 and led innovative efforts to expand and create programs and services in health, school readiness, and family support including the creation of one of California’s first comprehensive health coverage programs for all Santa Cruz County children.

In 1999, López became the youngest person in the City’s history to serve on the Watsonville City Council where he led neighborhood based efforts to civically engage youth and immigrant families in the development of city services. He has worked closely with community based organizations as a volunteer, manager, executive, board member and founder and was sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to serve as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation at the Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. López was awarded a 2007-2008 Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family National Fellowship.

López earned his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from the University of California Santa Cruz and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where he was named a Lucius N. Littauer Fellow. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Rosa Ramírez-López, and two children, Adán and Mateo.