The Kansas Bar Association is pleased to announce that Shelby Lopez has been chosen as Executive Director of the KBA and Kansas Bar Foundation. Ms. Lopez officially assumed her new role on Dec. 17, 2018. She was hired through an extensive search and evaluation process by the KBA Board of Governors.
Ms. Lopez comes to the KBA with more than thirteen years of successful organizational and fiscal management experience. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions, a multi-disciplinary board responsible for licensing and regulating Professional Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Surveyors, and Professional Geologists. While with the KSBTP, Ms. Lopez served on numerous committees for the national councils of the five professions regulated by the Board and was dedicated to the Board’s mission of protecting the citizens of Kansas. An experienced administrator, she previously served as the Director of Community Health Promotion at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, where she developed financial and operational plans for programs that contribute to the primary prevention of chronic disease in Kansas, and led the Kansas Volunteer Commission, where she worked to strengthen the role of service and volunteering to meet critical community needs.
Ms. Lopez is a life-long Kansas resident. She attended Washburn University and earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. Early in her career as a Chiropractor, Ms. Lopez planned a short sabbatical as a full-time volunteer with AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program aimed at fighting poverty in America. Serving at the Brown Foundation in Topeka, she lived and worked side-by-side with residents in low-income housing projects in the poorest neighborhoods of the city to address literacy by increasing access to books through the development of on-site children’s libraries. This experience was her first with grass-roots community-building projects but it wouldn’t be her last. “My first year of service changed my life and ignited a spirit that launched a twenty-year career in public service,” said Ms. Lopez. This broad range of involvement has served to develop and enhance her ability to work across factions to bring together differing points of view in order to identify and work toward a collective purpose. Ms. Lopez continues on the path laid by her national service participation, volunteering with numerous organizations including the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy and the National Foster Grandparent Program at Kansas Neurological Institute.
According to KBA President Sarah Warner, "The KBA Board of Governors is confident that Shelby Lopez's initiative and vision, informed by her years of experience in the public sector working with community associations and professionals, will be assets for our members in the years to come. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Lopez into this exciting new chapter for the KBA."