Lourdes is an award-winning leader and Presidential Leadership Scholar, recognized as one of the most influential women in Central Texas by the Austin Business Journal, the President's Volunteer Service gold medal award, the Austin Area Urban League Founder's award and other various accolades.Through her work as a journalist, Lourdes has always been involved philanthropy and advocates for Hispanics, low-income communities, and particularly for systemic change as a way to create economic opportunity for all. She is passionate about health, education, philanthropy, and mentoring young leaders. Lourdes also serves as a commissioner at the Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission at the City of Austin and as the Communications and Marketing chair for One Voice of Central Texas. Recently, she has been admitted to be a part of the LBJ Women Campaign School's inaugural class where she was selected because of her work as an influential leader and strategist. A proud Leadership Austin alumnus, she has served on many boards at local organizations including Seton Hospitals and People's Community Clinic where she served as Vice-Chair. When not writing she spends her free time traveling and dining out.