Lupe Flores has two decades of communications and public relations experience in the non-profit sphere supporting higher education institutions, policy and advocacy; election policy; affordable housing and childcare; and theatre arts.
The influences of both sides of his family, one a lower middle-class family in the Rio Grande Valley, the other a family of migrant workers that toiled across the state of Texas, drove home the importance of education at every level that was equitable and accessible. Flores has leveraged his experience and degrees in creative writing to develop narratives and text that amplifies the needs of the communities served by the organizations he has worked for.
Prior to joining the Campaign, Flores worked for the Low Income Investment Fund, the Future of California Elections, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and Our Lady of the Lake University as a communications staff member. He has also served as an admissions staff member for Cornell College, and The San Antonio Current as a journalist.
Flores earned a master of fine arts from the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, a master’s from Texas State University in theatre and performance arts, and a bachelors in English and theatre arts from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Your role in one sentence:
I support all staff members in getting the Campaign’s message and mission out to a state- and nation-wide audience.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…
Working on plays (rewriting previous drafts or slogging through new ones), reading, scouring second-hand stores for vinyl records and books, and jumping online to play video games with my son (who lives in Texas).
If not higher education then what cause?
The arts, which is too often seen as a luxury or frivolity and is frequently among the first programs cut at every level of education, but are essential for developing imaginative and critical thinking skills.
Finalist for the 2016 American Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Playwriting Award.
The Coyote Stratagem published in “The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011.”
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2012 John Cauble Short Play Award National Finalist.
Recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2012 Ken Ludwig Scholarship.
Finalist for the 2012 Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latino Playwriting Award.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2011 Ten Minute Play National Award Finalist.
Recipient of the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists 1999 Scholarship.