Margarita López was appointed Executive Vice President for Community Programs & Development for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in September 2013. In this capacity, she oversees a broad spectrum of departments that enrich the lives and livelihood of public housing residents. In addition to delivering educational, cultural and social programs for residents of all ages, division departments also provide employment training, job placement, and support regarding financial literacy and access to healthcare. In addition, Ms. López oversees NYCHA’s extensive initiative to foster collaborations with the public and private sectors to improve service delivery in these and other areas.
Ms. López brings to this position broad knowledge of NYCHA’s strategic planning and City government. Most recently, she served as a NYCHA board member where, as Environmental Coordinator, she spearheaded environmental initiatives that conserved resources and significantly reduced utility expenditures. Prior to that, Ms. López was a member of the New York City Council representing the 2nd Councilmanic District in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. As a Council Member, Ms. López served as the first Chair of the newly expanded Council’s Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disabilities (“Mental Health Committee”). She also served as a member of the Council’s Finance, Contracts, Environmental and Higher Education Committees.
Ms. López has served on the MacArthur Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Mental Illness and the Law and has lectured and trained on issues relating to multi-culturalism and team building in Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C., Providence, RI; and San Juan, PR.