Opening Session Luncheon and Legislative Update
National Community Action Foundation
David is the CEO of the National Community Action Foundation, which seeks to ensure the federal government honors its commitment to fighting poverty, especially through the work of Community Action Agencies. He has been recognized as one of Washington’s leading advocates for lowincome programs. He has worked with federal government representatives, members of Congress, congressional staff and key White House personnel to develop national policies dealing with low-income needs and related regulations and guidelines. David has served as a member on a number of advisory boards and commissions. He helped found and fund CAPLAW, which provides a legal support system to this anti-poverty network and is widely credited with increasing the effectiveness of all partners, federal, state and local in the Community Services Block Grant network. David established CAP-PAC, the Community Action Program Political Action Committee. This allows individuals associated with community action programs to participate in a sophisticated manner in the political process. Recently David helped create CAP Fund, which is the first venture capital fund to be established to assist CAAs in their economic development activities. David continues to demonstrate the ability to make issues affecting the poor of interest to both political parties. This was clearly demonstrated in 1995 and 1996 when the House Republican Contract with America agenda called for the elimination of funding for the CSBG. David turned that challenge into an opportunity to fully discuss the Community Action network. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from George Washington University. In 1987 he was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served in President Carter’s Administration as Congressional Liaison at the Small Business Administration.
Reconnect with colleagues, meet new faces, and keep the day’s conversations going at the Networking Reception. Held at the Civic Plaza outside the Albuquerque Convention Center, this reception will bring together attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to talk about pressing issues and share ideas to advance the Community Action mission. Kick off the first day of the CAPLAW 2018 conference and connect with one another over appetizers, drinks, and a networking activity.
Engaging the Community to Solve Problems and Create Opportunity
Frank Mirabal, PhD
Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque
Frank is the Director of Community Engagement and Innovation at Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque. In that capacity, he engages community stakeholders in collective problem-solving at the municipal level. Frank’s leadership in collective impact efforts has led to the successful design and implementation of Launch to Learn, a nationally recognized summer learning initiative, the Molino Project, an emerging initiative focused on growing immigrant entrepreneurship, and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, which focuses on leveraging opportunities for immigrants and refugees to thrive. Prior to his work in the Mayor’s Office, Frank served as the President of Contigo Research, Policy & Strategy, a national consulting firm that provides research, public policy and strategic thinking services. During this period, Frank was also highly regarded as an expert in race equity for his work with National Council of La Raza and its affiliate organizations. Frank has been a featured contributor to Education Week and The Hechinger Report. He spent over 15 years working in the workforce, education, and youth development sectors focusing his work on building the capacity of service providers, providing training and professional development for youth development practitioners and managing a range of service initiatives in education, workforce development and youth development. Frank obtained a PhD at New Mexico State University in Educational Leadership and has both a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism from the University of New Mexico. Frank recently completed a one-year fellowship in cross-sector leadership at the Presidio Institute.
Hallmarks of High Impact Organizations
Frank Lopez, Esq.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Frank is the Director of New Mexico Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In that role, he provides leadership and oversight of the foundation’s investments in the state, ensuring all children, families and communities – regardless of race or income– have opportunities to reach their full potential. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Frank served as the executive director for Ngage New Mexico, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the well-being of all people in Southern New Mexico. Frank has over 20 years experience working with nonprofit and community organizations. His experience in capacity building includes: nonprofit sustainability, strategic planning, leadership, board development, community partnerships and social enterprise. His experience as an attorney and CPA includes working for some of the largest firms in the country. He has delivered hundreds of workshops and has taught at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Golden Gate University, UTEP Texas Tech University School of Law and New Mexico State University (teaching high impact nonprofit organizations). Frank has a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and California.