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.
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.
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, The Luminary Learning Network and the Beacon Network Schools Zone. She is a current 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 new Denver Public Schools parents with a preschooler in North Denver.