M.A. Student and Teaching Assistant
Building & Room:
601 S. Morgan St.
Lynda Lopez is a lifelong Chicagoan and grew up in the neighborhoods of Hermosa and West Humboldt Park. She now lives in the Pilsen neighborhood. Lynda received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. After college, Lynda was involved with anti-displacement efforts in Humboldt Park and Logan Square and was co-leading a local committee with neighbors. Her housing organizing let her to start writing for a local sustainable transportation news website where she focused on housing, biking equity, and public transportation. For a few years, Lynda worked at the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council working on college access and educational equity. Most recently, Lynda was an advocacy manager at a transportation advocacy organization in Chicago and was co-chairing the Transportation Equity Network. As a City Bureau fellow last fall, Lynda wrote her final article on demographic change in the Southwest Side of the city and how that is tied to changing resources and needs of the communities. As a master’s student, Lynda hopes to expand her knowledge of Latinx communities and contribute to research that can inform policies around livability related to environmental justice, transportation equity, and resource access.