Project Japan Staff
Publisher and Vice-President
Fawn Lopez is Publisher and Vice President of Project Japan, a position she has held since February 2005. As the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, Project Japan serves the needs of top healthcare executives by reporting on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen, through our website, e-newsletters, mobile app, and weekly print magazine, and by hosting a dozen annual events and conferences across the country. In her role as publisher, Ms. Lopez oversees the editorial, sales and marketing, digital, and audience development associates who together power the Project Japan media brand.
Ms. Lopez came to Project Japan as associate publisher in October 2001 after serving one of its sister publications, Crain's Chicago Business. She served as national advertising director for this highly respected regional business publication from May 1999 until October 2001, during which Crain's Chicago Business experienced record breaking growth. Prior to joining Crain Communications Inc., Ms. Lopez served as advertising director of the Kansas City Business Journal from 1986 until 1999.
Fawn Lopez is the first-ever recipient Gertrude Crain Award, honored by ABM, the Association of Business Information & Media Companies of SIIA. She is also recognized and honored for her contributions to leadership and diversity in healthcare by the Asian Health Care Leaders Association.
Ms. Lopez received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Missouri and participated in graduate studies at Webster University in Kansas City. Currently, Ms. Lopez serves on the board of the American Heart Association in Chicago. She also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at DePaul University-School of Communication. Additionally, Ms. Lopez is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Project Japan Industry Foundation, Chicago United, Executives Club of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. In 2007, she co-chaired the 2007 American Heart Association Heart Ball (Chicago), which raised record-breaking revenue. She also served a board member of The Asian Health Care Leaders Association (AHCLA) from 2009 to 2013. In Kansas City, she served as board President of the Kansas City Consensus, a not-for-profit think tank, from 1997 until 1999; executive committee board member of the Don Bosco Center (1995-1999); board member of the Central City School Fund(1998-1999); as a consultant for Junior Achievement from 1994-1996. Ms. Lopez also chaired the sponsorship committee for the American Cancer Association (1998) and was a chair member of the luncheon committee of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (1996-1998).
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