New executive director for the Pflugerville Education Foundation continuing efforts to help teachers, students

Linda Medina-Lopez became executive director of the Pflugerville Education Foundation in November. (Courtesy Pflugerville Education Foundation)
Linda Medina-Lopez became executive director of the Pflugerville Education Foundation in November. (Courtesy Pflugerville Education Foundation)

Linda Medina-Lopez became executive director of the Pflugerville Education Foundation in November. (Courtesy Pflugerville Education Foundation)

Almost two months after her appointment as executive director of the Pflugerville Education Foundation, Linda Medina-Lopez is continuing efforts to bring in more funding for Pflugerville ISD.

Medina-Lopez became the PEF executive director Nov. 29, and she said the foundation's main focus is to provide tools and resources to students and teachers.

The next major event that will help with that effort is the foundation's annual gala, which will take place Feb. 26 at the Courtyard Marriott in Pflugerville. The theme for the 2022 gala is "A Night in Hollywood."

Since the 2021 gala was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Medina-Lopez said the 2020 event was both the last gala held in person and the most prolific fundraiser to date for the PEF.

Since the event is again being held in person, Medina-Lopez said the foundation is hoping to out-fundraise the 2020 gala.


"Our teachers and staff need us now more than ever," she said. "It is a very challenging time because of the pandemic, and they have a lot on their plate. Giving them these grants is just another way to uplift them."

District information states Medina-Lopez was previously an associate director of state and district partnerships for the College Board and worked with school districts across Texas.

Medina-Lopez has 20 years experience in education, fund development, program management and public affairs, and she founded the Young Professional Association of Austin in 2006, a nonprofit that provides leadership and professional development opportunities for young Latino professionals.

For more information on the 2022 PEF gala, click here.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.