Magaly N. López’s work focuses on using research and evaluation to improve the socio-economic mobility and power of communities of color. At the Labor Center, she supports projects reimagining California’s workforce development system so that, by design, it elevates workers of color and the industry standards in low wage work. Lopez is helping to expand the workforce development team’s vision and capacity through her expertise on High Road Training Partnerships, a framework central to creating equitable solutions to future of work challenges, and by developing an evaluation framework rooted in racial equity to assess workforce development programs to adequately serve workers of color.
López’s expertise stems from designing research and evaluation tools and procedures, executing quality data collection and analysis, and reporting that surfaces meaningful learnings from underrepresented voices and informs future strategy. Formerly a data analyst at the USC Program on Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), López’s work focused on immigrant integration and social-movement building. She has also conducted research on hometown associations and economic development policy in Mexico, day laborer workforce development in the U.S., construction work in New Orleans post-Katrina, and undocumented children in mixed-status households in New Mexico. She strives for her work to be participatory, culturally responsible, and centered on racial equity values.
Raised running a family-founded hometown association, López has since continued to find ways to serve her community: she founded a leadership development and higher education prep program in her hometown, Salinas, and is currently the Director of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Southern California Alumni Chapter. López holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Spanish from UCLA.