Lourdes is an award-winning leader recognized with the President's Volunteer Service gold medal award, the Austin Area Urban League Founder's award, the Excellence & Advancement Foundation with the Equity warrior award in the Nonprofit & Philanthropy category; and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a community leader finalist. 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.