Alfonso Lopez is a Senior Corporate and Government Relations Consultant in Becker’s Federal Lobbying Practice. He has extensive experience serving municipalities and corporations in the areas of Federal Government Relations and Interstate and Regional Organization Advocacy.
Prior to joining Becker, Mr. Lopez served as the Assistant Administrator for Congressional and Legislative Affairs of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in the Obama administration where he helped lead the SBA effort to pass the Small Business Jobs Act which successfully opened up the credit markets for entrepreneurs – creating one million new jobs and $12 billion in tax relief for small business owners. In this position he led SBA efforts to enact legislative proposals in economic development, job creation, lending, and contracting.
Mr. Lopez currently represents the 49th District in the Virginia House of Delegates and serves as the Whip of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. He has successfully championed legislation creating the Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, established the Small Business Investment Grant Fund, expanded Medicaid coverage to immigrant mothers and children, and raised the cap on nonresidential solar net metering in Virginia.
He is the founder and Chair of the bipartisan Virginia Environment & Renewable Energy Caucus and the Virginia Latino Caucus and is the first Latino Democrat ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Mr. Lopez also serves as the Chair of the Broadband and Technology Task Force of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where he works closely with national corporations in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, and improving access to broadband in rural and low-income areas.
In 2018, Mr. Lopez created the first Virginia Latino Caucus, which deals with issues within the Latino, immigrant and New American communities and serves as the Caucus Co-Chair. In 2015, he founded the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus in the Virginia General Assembly and currently serves as its chair.
He was also Governor Kaine’s Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. He served as the Governor’s representative to the National Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association and the Southern Governors Association. Mr. Lopez was the highest ranking Latino in the Kaine Administration and also served as the Deputy Policy Director on Governor-Elect Kaine’s Transition Team. He worked closely with the Virginia cabinet secretaries, and senior policy staff to organize and execute comprehensive legislative/regulatory advocacy efforts before Congress and the White House and had a proven record of effectively negotiating political solutions for issues between federal, state, and local interests.