Edwin Lopez is a third-generation member of Local Union # 3, I.B.E.W., who started his career as an electrical apprentice in 1977. From 1992-2005, he served as the Union’s Construction Department Business Representative in The Bronx. From 1986-1992, Edwin served as the President of the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society; an organization of electrical workers, that his father founded in 1958, along with Harry Van Arsdale, Jr.
Throughout his union career, Edwin has been a community and political activist. In 1996 and 2000, he served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. In 2004, he served as the National Political Coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington DC, where he developed and coordinated the national grassroots political campaign “GOTV” that involved over 750,000 union members. He served as a board member of the BOEDC, under Bronx Borough President(s) Fernando Ferrer and Adolfo Carrion. He also served on the “Somos el Futuro” Board of Directors, as well as Chairman of the Board.
In 2005, Edwin Lopez became the Executive Secretary of the New York Electrical Contractors Association (NYECA) as well as the Chapter Manager of the New York City Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Founded in 1892, NYECA is the largest and oldest union electrical contractor trade association in the country.
His current industry activities include being an active board member for The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills; a pre-apprenticeship program that offers direct access for NYC high school students to careers in the NYC union building trades. He serves as a board member for Helmet to Hardhats which is a direct- entry program for veterans into NYC Building Trades apprenticeship programs. He is a Board of Governors member of the Building Trades Employer Association (BTEA) in New York City. He was a former member of the Board of Directors for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. Edwin Also serves on the National Electrical Contractors Assoc., Diversity Equity , Inclusion and Belonging National Task Force.
In 1982 Mr. Lopez earned his Associates Degree in Labor Studies. In 1994, he earned his B.S. from the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies, Empire State College. In 2011 Mr. Lopez earned his Master’s Degree from Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations.
Mr. Lopez is married to his wife Christine and they have one daughter, Emilia Marie.
Mr. Lopez is active in many philanthropic causes.