Emily Tapia-Lopez is a Vice President at Resolute Consulting – an award-winning national strategic communications and public affairs firm. Ms. Tapia-Lopez has diverse experience in urban planning, community development and transportation in the public-, private-, and not-for-profit sectors and manages Resolute’s Infrastructure practice.
Ms. Tapia-Lopez develops strategic communication tools that help assess the political risk of infrastructure investments and guides the public process and stakeholder outreach for clients. Ms. Tapia-Lopez previously served as a manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council, where she focused on transportation policies at the federal-, state- and local levels. She conducted the research, strategic communications, and advocacy for the Public-Private Partnership for Illinois Act in Springfield.
Ms. Tapia-Lopez has also traveled all over the world – extensively throughout Europe and South America. After Hurricane Katrina, she joined colleagues in the rebuilding effort in New Orleans. Ms. Tapia-Lopez was Graduate of the Year at the University of Illinois and received the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) graduate scholarship for excellence in transportation. She is the immediate past president of Transport Chicago and is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the American Planning Association (APA) and WTS Chicago.
She holds a master’s in urban planning and public affairs from the University of Illinois Chicago and a bachelor of arts in political science from Loyola University Chicago.