Mariela Flores Lopez is a native and lifetime resident of San Antonio. Honoring her Catholic faith, Mariela attended St. Luke Catholic School and is a proud alumna of Incarnate Word High School. Upon graduation, Mariela pursued her personal goals through higher education earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master of Science in Health and Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
As a young professional and public servant, Mariela worked for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Commissioned to greater responsibility, Mariela was promoted to serve as statewide coordinator for the volunteer program and elder protection division at the attorney general’s office. As coordinator, Mariela maintained and elevated the office’s volunteer recruitment campaign and managed programs aimed at protecting the elderly residents of the State of Texas. Embracing her deep commitment to family, Mariela returned to her family’s restaurant business assisting in operating Mitla and La Paloma Del Rio. Recently, Mariela returned to the world of higher education where she served as the Communications Coordinator for the President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
Dedicated to service, Mariela has shared her professional skillset as a board member for local non-profit organizations including the San Antonio Parks Foundation, the Southwest School of Art, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. Committed to women’s empowerment, Mariela also served as Alumna Chapter Advisor to the Alpha Phi Sorority at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio—Sisterhood from Heart to Mind! Exercising leadership, Mariela is currently serving her alma mater as President of Incarnate Word High School’s Parent Teacher Organization.
Among all her achievements, nothing has been more rewarding or proven to be more valuable than her shared life with husband, Orlando Lopez, their three sons, Anthony, Maximiliano, and Alejandro, and their daughter, Paloma.
Mariela’s reign as La Reina Linda extends her deep history with the mission of Fiesta as Mariela’s father, Roger A. Flores, was Rey Feo XXXV in 1984. Through Mariela’s involvement with Fiesta and raising funds for scholarships from such an early age, Mariela learned the value of higher education and that is why she is committed to helping students reach their dream of earning a college degree.
Though the words “[a]n education is something that can never be taken away from you…” is not one of Mariela’s original quotes, she understands that such wise counsel to students can be life changing. Mariela believes that when all things are equal, it is the opportunity that sets a student on a course for success. Mariela’s reign will be dedicated to the belief system that everyone is entitled to the opportunity to earn a college degree.