Heidi Maria Lopez is a first generation, queer, Quiskeyana who believes in people and our power to shape our lives, heal and create new possibilities. Heidi Maria builds relationships that change this world so that Black and Brown people, particularly poor Black and Brown people, take back what has been taken from us, (re)claim our history and shape our own lives without the intervention of racist and oppressive systems.
Heidi Maria has had paid work in a variety of settings from youth development to higher education and city government; she brings organizing, healing, love and liberation into all the settings she’s in. Ms. Lopez has a GED and an MSW. Heidi’s current organizing is as a racial equity and liberation facilitator all over the world and in the gatherings she hosts in her hometown of Washington Heights that center ancestral wisdom, racial equity, healing and building community.