Gerardo Lopez, a.k.a., Clever, has been working in gang intervention since 1998. Formerly of the notorious MS-13 from Los Angeles, Lopez escaped gang life and works to keep at-risk youth from making the same mistakes. Currently Gerardo serves as the Executive Director of Homies Unidos- Denver. He works with youth on a daily basis, doing gang intervention/prevention and talking to them about his history with gang violence, and how he was able to overcome the odds and leave that life behind. Lopez has joined several advisory boards, committees and councils which include: the Advisory Council for Denver’s District’s Attorney’s Law Enforcement and Community Relations, Denver’s Police Chief Search Committee, and the Safety Committee for Denver’s department of Human Rights & Community Partnership, which is in collaboration with Denver’s Department of Public Safety. He is also the subject of the award winning short documentary, Clever, which has played in film festivals in the U.S. and Mexico,
Lopez has become a go-to expert on MS-13, as the gang has become on-going talks of administrations. He has shared his story on NPR’s LatinoUSA, was featured on Telemundo’s “Unknown Hero Segment”, Denver’s NBC affiliate, KUSA and other media outlets. Gerardo has also spoken at Denver Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, Adams 14 School District, Jefferson County, Adams 12, Colorado Courts, City and County of Denver and guest lectured at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Metropolitan State University, University of Colorado Boulder, and has given keynote speeches at Washington State University, University of Northern Iowa.