Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Associate Director of the Institute for Latino Studies

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Paloma Garcia-Lopez is the associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In her role, Garcia-Lopez manages and oversees all of the activities and staff of the institute. Garcia-Lopez focuses on enhancing annual programming, special events, communications, fundraising, and budgeting. She is a central figure in the development of a strategic plan to support scholarly initiatives in Latino studies as a key component of Notre Dame’s academic mission.

Prior to her position at the university, Paloma was appointed executive director of the Maker Education Initiative where she led the formation of the national organization, worked closely with the board of directors, secured multiyear corporate and foundation support, executed four national programs and built the nonprofit management systems and staff to meet the mission of the organization. Preceding her work at Maker Education Initiative, Garcia-Lopez served as director of the Posse Foundation site in Washington, D.C., a national college access and leadership development organization recognized by President Obama and the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

In 2002, she coauthored, Learning to Teach For Social Justice, Teachers College Press-Columbia University, with Dr. Linda Darling- Hammond and Jennifer French. She is on the board of directors of the Community Science Workshop Network, a statewide STEM organization serving farmworker families across the state.

Garcia-Lopez is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education.