Executive Director - New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development
Abraham Lopez is Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (NJCHPRD), a role he was named to by Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in March 2011. He brings close to a decade of leadership experience in Hispanic and faith-based grass roots communities, where he’s been responsible for community organizing, nonprofit management, fundraising, and constituent relations.
Prior to becoming NJCHPRD Executive Director, Abraham served in the Governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as Director of Hispanic and Faith Based Affairs. There he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Christie Administration’s aggressive outreach efforts to the State’s Hispanic community and its work with various communities of faith. He first joined state government as part of the staff for Governor-Elect Christie’s Transition Office where he oversaw community and stakeholder outreach and supported the appointments team. Prior to joining state government, Mr. Lopez was Deputy Coalitions Director for the Christie- Guadagno campaign.
A lifelong New Jerseyan, Abraham is a graduate of New Jersey City University in Jersey City where he currently resides with his wife, Brenda, and their son, Isaac Abraham.