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Yvette Lopez

Founder, Latinos in Grapevine

Although I was raised in poverty, my parents made incredible sacrifices to expose me to off-Broadway plays and road trips. This exposure, combined with my participation in a program that bussed low-income students to nearby affluent schools, allowed me to witness firsthand, the striking differences in the access and opportunities available to people of color, particularly those from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Watching my parents work multiple jobs just to make ends meet, I developed a profound understanding of the power we each possess to shape our lives beyond our current circumstances. This eye-opening experience ignited a passion within me to ensure that every person, regardless of their background or experiences, has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Throughout my professional journey, I have held diverse roles in international affairs. These include serving as the Director of International Projects at Daytona State College, fulfilling the role of Liaison Officer for the Department of Defense at United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and dedicating a decade as an Advisor to the President of the Dominican Republic. Along this path, I obtained a Juris Doctorate, a master's degree in Strategic Planning and Quality Control, and certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.  However, after many years of self-discovery and reflection, I realized that my true calling was to help people. My purpose became clear - to utilize my skills and expertise to solve problems, ignite creativity, and empower individuals to achieve their aspirations. I help people solve problems and become unstuck, think outside of the box, develop and achieve realistic goals, and above all, focus on what truly matters, to ensure their days are full of happiness and purpose.


My professional experiences have shaped my perspective, but they do not define me. I am a strategist, a problem-solver, a catalyst for change, a mediator, and above all, a public servant. I live passionately and purposefully, and my mission is to help you do the same.

Development Culture is more than just an organization—it's a movement that places value on people. We provide empowering programs and tools that help individuals focus on what truly matters and why it matters. Through our work, we aim to redirect attention to the importance of living a life of balance, growth and purpose.

This organization is my way of being the change I want to see in the world. I invite you to join us on this transformative journey. Together, let us redefine success, prioritize what truly matters, and create a world where everyone can thrive.

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