Tery Lopez ('03), Chair of the Entertainment & Arts Alumni Network
Director of Inclusion and Equity
Writers Guild of America West
Tery Lopez is an inclusion strategist, thought leader, change agent and film and television producer.
As head of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) Inclusion and Equity Department, Tery works with producers, studio and network executives, and writers to advance diverse representation. Under Tery’s leadership, her department works closely with the WGW Board appointed Inclusion and Equity Group (IEG), co-chaired by showrunners, Glen Mazzara and Shonda Rhimes.
Prior to joining the WGAW, Tery was the Conference Director for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She began her career working for producers, Moctesuma Esparza and Robert Katz (Selena, Gettysburg, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge). Tery quickly advanced to development executive, producing film and tv, and served as Post Production Coordinator on the HBO film, Walkout. She also co-produced Innocent Voices, Mexico’s official Oscar entry for the International Feature Film in 2005.
Tery serves on the advisory board of the Latino Communications Institute (LCI) at Cal State Fullerton and was recently appointed chair of the Entertainment & Arts Alumni Network for Cal State Los Angeles. She is also a founding member of NALIP’s Diverse Women in Media Initiative (DWIMI).
Tery received her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and Film from the California State University at Los Angeles and received the Outstanding Alumni of the year award from the TV, Film and Media Studies department.