Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Carmen Lopez-Wilson, MPP, has the political leadership skills to design and implement significant change while remaining true to core values. Most recently, as the Good Government Reform Policy Officer for the Thornburg Foundation, she designed and led the statewide campaign to increase the transparency of money in politics, pass an ethics commission and increase access to public financing. They supported a diverse set of groups, including the business sector, non-profits and statewide influencers, to create a case for more transparency and better ethics in government. 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.

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.

Ms. Lopez-Wilson’s 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.