Rudy López is the Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), a national nonprofit organization that advances the rights of working people by unifying diverse faith communities into action through shared principles, such as justice, dignity and respect.
Before joining IWJ, Rudy built a career developing leaders and building power in disenfranchised communities. As the Political Director for the Center for Community Change (2007-2013), he worked with groups all around the country to register, educate and turn-out hundreds of thousands of voters in low-income communities and communities of color. Rudy served as Wellstone Action’s National Field Director (2005-07) training grassroots leaders on how to manage campaigns and run for political office. He was also the National Field Director of the Chicago-based U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (2000-05) and oversaw Latino leadership development programs and voter-registration drives across the nation.
Rudy developed his organizing skills in the neighborhoods of Pilsen and Little Village in Chicago working as a community organizer with Gamaliel affiliate the Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations (1998-99). In the last two years, he focused solely on the passage of comprehensive immigration reform as a senior organizer for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) based in Washington DC. He we one of the core fasters for Fast4Families and toured the country lifting up the urgency to pass comprehensive immigration reform. In 2015, the Center for American Progress named Rudy as on of 15 faith leaders to watch.