Liza M. López is a Belleville elected official, attorney, and educator. Ms. Lopez’s family has resided in Belleville for the past 32 years. When she was 18 years old, her parents purchased a home in Belleville and they still live in the same house 32 years later. Ms. Lopez owns her own home in Belleville, since March 2010. She serves as Trustee for the Belleville Public School Board. By virtue of being a homeowner and taxpayer she has a direct understanding of the plight of the Belleville home owner and taxpayer.
Ms. Lopez has an impressive career of over 25 years of public service. Ms. Lopez earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark and is an attorney with 19 years of experience. She has served the public schools for the past 15 years, both as an attorney and teacher. First, she served as Associate Counsel to the District where she provided legal counsel to 82 schools and varied administrative departments within the school district for 2 years. Next, she was given the opportunity to build the Thurgood Marshall Law Academy of University High School of the Humanities where she has taught for the past 13 years. Rated as a highly effective teacher, Ms. Lopez has assisted in preparing hundreds of students for college. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor with Essex County College, Paralegal Studies Program and has afforded her students the opportunity to earn college credits for the past 11 years. Most recently, she went on to earn a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in 2016.
Ms. López received a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY, College at New Paltz in 1990 with a Major in Sociology and a minor in Law and Politics. After college, Ms. Lopez worked as a Community Organizer with the Bronx Voter Participation Project of the Community Service Society for 4 years and as a Research Assistant with CUNY Hunter College. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Essex-Newark Legal Services, the Alumni Council (for her alma mater), SUNY College at New Paltz; Member of the Advisory Board for the Paralegal Studies Program of Essex County College; Belleville Elks Lodge; and Belleville Women’s Club. She also served as Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (a statewide association comprised of attorneys, judges and paralegals) and the NJ State Commission on Police Standards.