Luz Zenaida Lopez, a mother of two wonderful children, was born and raised in Springfield, MA after her parents and siblings migrated from Puerto Rico in the late 1970s. At a young age Luz began advocating on behalf of her classmates as the student council president believing that all people should be loved and respected.
Luz started working at the age of fourteen at a local fast food restaurant and throughout her high school years at local nursing homes and hospitals. She attended Springfield Public Schools and graduated with a concentration in Health from Putnam Vocational Technical High School. She is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and Westfield State University where she majored in Psychology with a focus on Social Work and Community Organizing.
Luz worked in various positions as a social worker/case manager and program director with vulnerable populations. She serves on the Springfield Schools Volunteer Board and co-chairs the Community Benefits Advisory Committee at Baystate Medical Center. Luz is involved with many initiatives such as the Western Mass Health Equity Network and the Regional Community Health Needs Assessments. She has assisted in community organizing for education policy and investment, social justice and services for vulnerable populations.
In 2016, Luz co-founded Metrocare of Springfield, LLC. MetroCare of Springfield provides adult foster care services to individuals who require assistance in order to live safely in the community. She currently serves as the Executive Director.