Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Associate Director of the Institute for Latino Studies

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.

Paloma brings to Notre Dame a fifteen year track record of success in nonprofit management and fundraising.  Prior to her position at the university, Paloma served as the executive director of the Maker Education Initiative where she led the formation of the national organization, worked closely with the board of directors, secured multi year corporate and foundation support, and executed four national programs. She worked closely with the founder of MakerMedia to realize his vision, establish nonprofit management systems and hire two dozen 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.  She started her career in nonprofit management as the development director of Future Leaders of America, Inc., the country's premier Latino youth leadership organization.

In 2002, she coauthored Learning to Teach For Social Justice, published by Teachers College Press-Columbia University, with Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond and Jennifer French. At the time she was a credentialed social studies teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she is the board president of the Community Science Workshop Network, a STEAM organization serving low-income families across the state of California. 

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

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