Associate Director of College Access
As Associate Director of College Access, Lopez will help high school students understand their college and career options. Additionally, he will help students understand the importance of maintaining their college GPA for financial aid and college eligibility. As a former undocumented/DREAMER student, he experienced firsthand the complexities of the undocumented experience and was able to graduate in 4 years.
Prior to joining the LA Promise Fund, he worked at GEAR UP where he helped advise and inform about 4,000-5,000 students and their families. Before working for GEAR UP, he worked at the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) where he served as a Site Coordinator. In this role, he helped establish a college-going culture at various LAUSD schools. As a UCLA Reader, he helped evaluate incoming freshmen applicants since the Fall of 2015 and have contributed the campuses diversity.
Lopez received a Bachelor of Arts in Chicano/a Studies and Minored in Sociology from CSU Los Angeles in 2011. During the 4 years at CSU Los Angeles, he was chosen as a co-chair for MECHA and helped promote college educational attainment for first-generation college students. Lopez is currently working on his Master of Science in College Counseling at CSU Dominguez Hills.
His two favorite books are Night by Elie Wiesel and Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande. He enjoys watching sports on a regular basis and has played soccer since he was 5 years old. His competitive nature comes from sports. His passion for education motivated him to join the LA Promise Fund team and because the mission aligns with his own. He has learned to provide equity and access to low income and first-generation college students because I experienced the hardships of being a first gen and misinformed student.
His favorite quote actually came from his parents and it’s a reminder to himself: “Nunca se te olvide de donde vienes” or “Never Forget where You Come From”.