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Janet Lopez


Board Member

Senior Program Officer - Education

As senior program officer at Rose Community Foundation, Janet Lopez, Ph.D. directs the Education program area, which seeks to eliminate the achievement gap and create equitable opportunities for all children to achieve academic success in the K-12 public school system. Her portfolio focuses on improving public education through systemic change and educator effectiveness. She has also been instrumental in partnering with local and national funders to create and direct the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative, the Colorado Education Organizing Fund, and the Climb Higher Colorado Coalition.

Dr. Lopez’s career has focused on P-20 (preschool through graduate school) education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the director of P-20 Education Initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver. During this time, she supported Denver Mayor Michael Hancock as the interim director of the Denver Education Compact. She has also served as the deputy director of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council. The Council made education policy recommendations to the Governor, which were then advanced from bills into law each legislative session.

With an emphasis on ensuring student access and success, she has also worked at the Daniels Fund, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Higher Education Executive Officers. Dr. Lopez received a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University, a master’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential, focuses on the experiences of college-ready, undocumented high school students in North Carolina.

Dr. Lopez’s community involvement has included serving as a board member of Colorado Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board, Colorado Youth for a Change, Denver Urban Gardens, Mental Health of America Colorado, and The Latina Initiative. She is a 2013 German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and a National Hispanic Institute Gen X Women of Distinction. She and her husband Doug are new parents to a curious and happy baby boy.