Grace C. Lopez - Our Team - Aqua Foundation

Grace C. Lopez is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of iManage Law Firms, LLC. Grace is also an adjunct professor at the Florida…

Grace C. Lopez

Executive Director

Grace C. Lopez is the Executive Director of Aqua Foundation for Women.  Ms. Lopez joined the board of directors in 2018 and shortly thereafter was appointed board chair before becoming the executive director in January 2020.  Ms. Lopez’s background in the legal industry has led her to founding the proprietary consulting agency iManage Law Firms, LLC, advising law firms on best practices for their operations. She has held upper management level positions at a number of international and national firms. Ms. Lopez believes in mentoring future leaders, serving as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida International University College of Law where she teaches a course in Law Firm Management.  She formerly taught at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC).

Ms. Lopez has significant non-profit and charitable experience. In addition to her work at Aqua, she was recently appointed to Miami-Dade County LGBTQ Advisory Board.  She is a member of The Commonwealth Institute Executive Director Forum.  She served on the board of director’s of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, where she has was the Chair of Development for three years. Grace is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators, where she served on the board of directors of the South Florida Chapter in the capacity of President, President-Elect, Vice-President, Director and Chair for the Community Service Committee. She currently serves on the national Board of Trustees for the Foundation of the Association of Legal Administrators. Grace was also a part of the board of directors for nine years for one of the largest non-profit organizations, the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In her leadership roles with Komen, she served as president for three years for their Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate. Prior to her role as president, she served as Governance Chair, as Grants Chair, and as a member on the Advisory Council for the national organization. Additionally, she served three years at the Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Ms. Lopez has championed non-profits and is committed to supporting many causes in the community. She has helped many non-profits in fundraising and volunteerism throughout the community. Her passion for non-profit work has led her to found two non-profits, Women for Paws, Inc. and Women Against Borders, Inc. Ms. Lopez’s commitment to this community is unprecedented. She has devoted thousands of hours to volunteering in leadership roles.

She has authored articles on community service, volunteerism and fundraising, publishing a piece in the Sun Sentinel in 2011 on the timely topic of fundraising during difficult economy times. She was featured in the Daily Business Review, The Miami Herald, Miami Today, The South Florida Business Journal, The Florida PR News, The Florida Hispanic PR News and The Florida Law Journal as the first Hispanic president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate.  And has been featured in television news programs including CNN Español, Univision“Despierta America,” NPR, and El Diario de Las Americas on topics related to breast cancer health. 

Appointed as one of the first certified diversity trainers at one of the top five firms in the world, she trained attorneys and staff members on diversity issues. Ms. Lopez is a standout in her specialized niche, recognized in published marketing materials by her alma mater George Washington University’s Law Firm Management program as a leader for her expertise in identifying key factors for sustainability in managing the modern law firm of the 21st century.

Awarded a Master’s Degree in Law Firm Management from The George Washington University, she is certified in Legal Lean Six Sigma from GW. She earned her undergraduate degree in Professional Administration from Barry University.