The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today appointed Dr. Felipe Lopez- Sustaita as executive director of the commission. The position had been vacant since Marylou Mason’s retirement in December 2015.
“The commission is excited to start a new chapter of serving Hispanics throughout Michigan with the appointment of Dr. Lopez-Sustaita as our new executive director” said HLCOM Chairman Noel Garcia. “Felipe has a remarkable track record of advocacy, public service, building partnerships and leadership.”
“Dr. Lopez-Sustaita’s leadership skills make him a great addition to the commission and we welcome him to the department,” said LARA Director, Shelly Edgerton. “I would like to thank the selection committee for their efforts during this process.”
As HLCOM executive director, Dr. Lopez- Sustaita will assist the commission with its mission to help increase economic growth of Hispanics, promote better education and academic achievements for Hispanics, and increase awareness of issues faced by the community to local and state government.
Dr. Lopez-Sustaita previously served as the LUCERO program coordinator and academic advisor at Lansing Community College. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University and a doctorate degree in education from Ferris State University. Dr. Lopez-Sustaita also has international education experience in Africa, Greece, Mexico and the Ukraine.
For more information about LARA, please visit michigan.gov/lara