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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez

Mr. Lopez co-founded Amistad Associates in 1982 in Oakland, California, with Ms. Giselle Sanchez.

Juan was the primary consultant for Johnson and Johnson’s Global Multicultural Leadership Program out of the Office of Diversity for eight years.  In this role he was responsible for designing organizational leadership competencies, using 360’s for professional development, mentoring and developing career strategies for fast track advancement.  He worked closely with executive management to evaluate and track progress.  His program was recognized nationally and was benchmarked as a best in the field model. Mr. Lopez was also a member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Governance Council with PepsiCo for 5 years. He offered strategic insight on diversity management, organizational change and leadership development.  He also worked with Senior Latino leaders who provided the CEO insights on retention, leadership development and target marketing.

Since 1985, Mr. Lopez has worked with local government agencies by providing organizational development, strategic management, leadership, and DE&I.  Juan focuses his training & consulting with County Health & Human services. He helps employees manage diversity to improve customer service to multi-cultural populations.    

As a consultant with Sentient Systems, Juan provided training to senior leadership from cities and counties throughout California through the Continuing Education for Public Officials (CEPO) project, sponsored by the League of California Cities.  His area of focus was systemic organizational change, DE&I, performance improvement, and development of local government best practices.  


Juan co-created Diversity 2000, a national think tank now in its 27th year that meets annually to work on compelling diversity issues. He was a member of the Collegium since 1993, a diversity think tank of diversity pioneers. He has been featured in The Diversity Journal as one of the Diversity Pioneers. Juan is a Co-author of:  The Diversity Calling:  Building Community One Story at a Time, published in 2012.  He also is a Co-author of a chapter: Leading for Diversity, in the ASTD Leadership Handbook.    

Mr. Lopez has his M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, with a focus on organizational planning and community health services.