Mery Lopez Gallo; graduate student from San Diego School of Broadcasting: this year marks her 18th anniversary with Univision Radio where she originally started as the creative writer/translator for their two stations and transitioned to radio personality and current Director of Community Empowerment. Mery has been instrumental in helping to raise $1.9 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (through annual Radio-thons). She is a dedicated supporter of several non-profit organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors of Teatro Mascara Magica, YALLA & The Southwestern College Foundation. Mery was invited by the Mexican Government to serve on their nationwide advisory board for the Institute of the Mexicans Abroad from 2009 to 2011. As part of that effort, she headed the Media commission and was recognized by the former IFE, Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute, for her instrumental role in creating a campaign to promote the vote among Mexicans living in the US during the 2012 Mexican presidential elections. She is the Executive Producer/Host of “De Viva Voz”, Univision Radio’s Sunday morning Community Affairs show. With her approximately 900 shows to date, she has empowered the Hispanic community with important information, interviewing representatives from major government agencies and other organizations from both sides of the border. Some of her more memorable interviewees have been former Ambassador to the U.S. in Mexico Jeffrey Davidow, Secretary of the United States Army Louis Caldera, Governor of Baja California Ernesto Ruffo and the 41st Treasurer of the United States, Rosario Marin.
In partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, she was involved in the creation of “La Escuela, La Llave del Exito”, a community campaign that won an EAR Award. Through Univision Radio, Mery Lopez-Gallo also produced the pro-bono “Migrant Safety Campaign” for the U.S Customs and Border Protection Agency, helping to create awareness about the dangers involved in the smuggling of women and children. Hundreds of PSA’s were aired in 14 markets on 25 Univision Radio stations, and the American Embassy distributed the spots throughout Mexico. Her dedication has been recognized by several leading organizations such as: San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association (4 AIR Awards), MADD (National Media Award), and CCNMA (“La Pluma” award for best Spanish Radio Program). Mery was the recipient of the 2008 KPBS Hispanic Heritage Local Hero Award, the 2010 National Alliance for Mental Illness Media Award and Univision Radio’s own prestigious “The Power of Ideas” Award. Berkley University honored her with the “Americas Initiative” Community Champion award for 2011. In 2013 SD Magazine included Mery in their most influential Latinos Edition. In 2014 she received by far the highest honor by being recognized by the San Diego Ad Club as The Multi-Cultural Marketer of the year. In 2016 Mery was chosen as the Grand Marshal at the Herencia Hispana Parade. Mery is one of the most highly regarded personalities in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region. She was invited by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) to write an essay that was published in the book Mexicanos en el Exterior, Trayectoria y Perspectivas.