Raquel Lopez

Casa de la Raza
Executive Director

Raquel López is the current Executive Director of La Casa De La Raza.  La Casa De La Raza was founded in 1971 to provide a non-profit community center on the Eastside of Santa Barbara.  The mission of La Casa de la Raza is to develop and empower the Latino community by affirming and preserving the Latino cultural heritage, providing an umbrella for services and by advocating for participation in the larger community.
Ms. López was born and raised in Santa Barbara, attending local schools including UCSB where she majored in Political Science. Her life’s work for the past 24 years has been serving youth and families. She has worked at Santa Barbara High school as an academic advisor, the City of Santa Barbara as the first ever Director of Teen Programs, Girls Incorporated as Director of Teen Programs, and Community Mediation.
She also consults with local organizations in the areas of conflict analysis and process management, small and large group facilitation and mediation, and interest-based negotiation and consensus building.