Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Carmen Lopez has the political leadership skills to design and implement significant change while remaining true to core values. She has worked closely with higher education institutions and K-12 schools in New Mexico and across the country to create and provide culturally responsive professional development for administrators and teachers, and support state and federal program compliance for the U.S. Department of Education, the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Massachusetts Education Department and New Mexico Highlands University’s Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations.

As the Senior Program Director for Small Learning Communities in Boston Public Schools, she led the redesign efforts in Boston Public Schools’ large high schools to create a more rigorous, respectful and culturally responsive environment for high school students and their teachers and improve student performance.

Ms. Lopez was born and raised in northern New Mexico where her family has been rooted for many generations. When she’s not advocating for students, she can be found spending time with her family or enjoying hiking or swimming.