CWDA Names Nestor F. Lopez New Deputy Director – Aging, Disability, and Older Adult Services

Press release

Sacramento, CA – Nestor F. Lopez has been named Deputy Director - Aging, Disability, And Older Adult Services for the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA). This is a new position. Lopez will lead advocacy for budget, legislative and policy issues in the areas of aging, disability services and older adult services. This includes the Adult Protective Services and In-Home Supportive Services programs. Lopez comes to CWDA from the Office of Assemblymember Ken Cooley where he most recently served as a Legislative Assistant focused on human services.  

“I’m so excited to work for CWDA and am very much looking forward to meeting new folks and collaborating with everyone to ensure that our aging and disabled partners, friends, and family receive the services they need,” Lopez said.

CWDA Executive Director Cathy Senderling-McDonald said this new role will be critical to CWDA as county human services agencies aim to strengthen services for a growing and diverse aging population and for persons with disabilities.

“California’s population is getting older, and an increasing number of our seniors are relying on the social safety net to avoid homelessness and hunger. Ensuring all Californians can age with dignity is a core value of CWDA. County services for older adults and persons with disabilities are particularly needed for people of color and LGBTQ+ Californians who have experienced racism and discrimination throughout their lifetimes. We’re proud to have Nestor, a seasoned veteran of the state capitol, focused on these pressing issues,” Senderling-McDonald said.

Lopez begins on November 16th.