Job Title: Director of Major Gifts, Houston & Corporate Relations
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Education: Bachelor of science degree in agricultural development with an emphasis in political science, Texas A&M University and past Bush School Emerging Leaders in Public Service Fellow.
Jordan Wiggins Lopez, director of major gifts for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Texas, is an experienced nonprofit professional and major gifts fundraiser, having previously been in Houston since 2006 with United Way of Greater Houston, Collaborative for Children and Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation. She currently oversees major individual and corporate donors based in the Greater Houston area, and beyond, as well as area engagement events. At Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, Ms. Lopez worked with the Community Scholars program and led the 2018 Faith & Medicine Luncheon focused on palliative care with keynote speakers Maria and Neil Bush, following the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She also worked with several legacy family foundations in their multi-million dollar support of the hospital and establishment of chairs and endowed programs. Starting as an events coordinator in Donor Relations at United Way, she rose to senior manager and led leadership giving efforts for United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Women’s Initiative and Young Leaders. She also led several key corporate campaigns, including ExxonMobil, Spectra Energy and Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. during her time. While at United Way, she launched many first-time events and key projects for donors and the organization. In her 14-year professional career with non-profit’s in Houston, she has raised over $200 million in individual, corporate and foundation giving for the organizations she has worked for and the greater Houston community. She has also volunteered with and lead several fundraising events and activities for her professional organization and others she supports. Prior to moving to Houston, Ms. Lopez lived and worked in Washington, DC in a U.S. Representative office through the Texas A&M Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Program. She has a bachelor of science degree in agricultural development with an emphasis in political science from Texas A&M University and is a past Bush School Emerging Leaders in Public Service Fellow. Ms. Lopez is an active member of Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter, Junior League of Galveston County where she has held several elected and appointed leadership positions, and in her children’s school PTO. Her family is also active in the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (ERJCC) where her children completed their early childcare years and continue to participate. She currently serves on the Children and Camping Committee and this spring/summer was asked to participate in the COVID Response Task Force for ERJCC’s response to childcare needs for first responders. She and her husband supported and served on the 2019 Host Committee for the ERJCC Children’s Scholarship Ball.