Mario B. Lopez is a Policy Aide to Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Mario oversees matters relating to social welfare, juvenile justice, immigration, and community outreach.
As a social policy innovator, Mario leverages a racial justice and cultural responsiveness framework to design and improve county policies, practices and programs in an effort to promote equity and uplift communities out of poverty.
As the immigration policy lead for Supervisor Cortese, Mario has been instrumental in shaping the County’s immigrant integration efforts. Most notably, he established the New Americans Fellowship program that provides paid internship opportunities to DACA recipients, the County’s Immigrant Programs Task Force to streamline and coordinate resources and information to improve service delivery to immigrant clients, and the Notario Fraud Unit tasked with investigating and combating notario and immigration consultancy fraud. Most recently, he secured $200,000 to establish the County’s emergency DACA fund to assist recipients of the program pay for their renewal application fees. Mario further advises Supervisor Cortese on state and federal immigration policies and oversees developments relating to the County’s “sanctuary” jurisdictions lawsuit.
Mario currently serves as the Director of the New Leaders Council of Silicon Valley chapter, the nation’s flagship leadership training program for progressive millennials. Mario also serves as a Board member of BAYMEC (Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee), the premier LGBTQ civil rights political action committee in Silicon Valley.
Mario, a DACA beneficiary himself, is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. At the age of 5, he migrated to the United States establishing roots in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
Mario holds a BA in Political Science with a focus on Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.