Director of Policy and Advocacy
As Rose Community Foundation’s Director of Policy & Advocacy, Janet Lopez, Ph.D. manages the organization’s grassroots and grasstops policy and advocacy portfolio; specifically developing, advancing and implementing the organization’s policy priorities with effective engagement of staff and board. Prior to her role as director of policy & advocacy, Dr. Lopez directed the Foundation’s education program area as a senior program officer.
Lopez’s career has focused on P-20 (preschool through graduate school) education policy and practice. 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.
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. 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.
Lopez’s community involvement includes serving on the boards of Grantmakers in Education, Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Denver School of Science and Technology, the Hart Center for Public Service and the Beacon Network Schools. She is a national member of Education Leaders of Color, a 2018 Reality Adelante Fellow with the Schusterman Family Foundation, a 2013 German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and a National Hispanic Institute Gen X Woman of Distinction. She and her husband Doug are parents of a Denver Public Schools kindergartener.