Evelyn Gonzalez | October 20, 2017
Paloma Garcia-Lopez—an educator, nonprofit leader, and manager with more than 15 years of experience — has been appointed associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame.
In her new role, Garcia-Lopez will manage and oversee all of the activities and staff of the institute. Garcia-Lopez will focus on enhancing annual programming, special events, communications, fundraising and budgeting. She will be 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.
“As ILS continues to enrich the intellectual and spiritual capacities of Notre Dame, Paloma’s extensive 15-year background in educational administration and leadership development will guarantee that all of our programs will continue to flourish,” shared ILS Director Luis R. Fraga. “Her contributions will be long-lasting and will position ILS to be the top institute of its kind in the entire country.”
Garcia-Lopez is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Education. In 2012, she was appointed executive director of the Maker Education Initiative, a national leader in the field of “making” as a teaching strategy in classrooms and in the community. Working closely with the charity’s founders, she established its infrastructure and systems, secured multiyear corporate and foundation support, and executed four national programs impacting 90,000 people.
Prior to joining Maker Ed., she served as director of the Posse Foundation site in Washington, D.C., a national college access and leadership development organization recognized by President Barack Obama and the Catalogue for Philanthropy.