EGBI is heartbroken to share the news of the passing of Al Lopez, our beloved board member, and first executive director. When describing Al, three words immediately come to mind: “Faith, Family, and Community.” Al professed his faith daily through action. Along with his beloved wife Judy, his eyes would gleam with pride when talking about his three children and the love he had for his 12 grandchildren. As a community leader, Al was always willing to roll up his sleeves to get the job done. 

Al’s dedication to his community stemmed from the lack of guidance and resources available to him growing up. Most recently, his passion for quality education led to his services as a board member and interim CEO of IDEA Public Charter School. He was also involved in other area schools and education-related organizations. His work in education led to him being named the AISD Latino Volunteer of the year in 2012.

A humble leader, during the relaunch of EGBI, he helped us set a solid foundation to help our small businesses make a long-lasting impact in our community. He loved visiting with clients to help them figure out how to take their idea and turn it into profitable businesses. The desire he saw in their eyes to provide their families with opportunities was no different from what his parents wanted for him and what he wanted for his children. It was truly a privilege to work alongside Al.     

Thank you, Al, for your service to our organization and community. You will always remain in our hearts. Please keep Judy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

With blessings and prayers,

EGBI Board & Staff