Nivardo Lopez was appointed Bronx Borough Commissioner in January 2017. In this role, he advises the Commissioner on all policy issues affecting transportation in the Bronx and works with the various divisions within the agency to ensure the delivery of DOT services in the borough. Mr. Lopez also acts as the agency liaison to Bronx residents, business, elected officials, and community boards to address their transportation concerns.
Mr. Lopez joined DOT in September of 2014 as the Director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for developing the agency's legislative agenda. During his tenure he helped to secure the passage of a City Council local law increasing the amount of Accessible Pedestrians Signals that DOT installs and also with the State law expanding the Bus Lane Camera Enforcement Program. Also as Legislative Director Mr. Lopez drafted all public testimony given by the Commissioner or other senior staff in front of the City Council. In 2015 he moved over to the Bronx Borough Commissioner’s Office as Deputy Borough Commissioner.
Prior to working for the agency, Mr. Lopez worked for Comptroller Scott Stringer as Director of City Legislative Affairs and also for the Bloomberg Administration as the Bronx Director for the Mayor's Community Affairs Unit. Mr. Lopez began his career in NYC government working at the New York City Council, first for Bronx Councilman James Vacca and then as a Legislative Policy Analyst for the City Council's Committee on Transportation. Before entering government Mr. Lopez worked as the Bronx Coordinator for Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), a non-profit that assists low income individuals in NYC Family Court and also for Barthco International, a customs brokerage and logistics company based in Philadelphia.
Mr. Lopez is a longtime resident and native of the Bronx. He holds a B.A. in History from Saint Joseph's University and a M.A. in History from The City College of New York (CUNY).