JONATHAN J. LÓPEZ, Ed.D.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
In 2020, Jonathan J. López, Ed.D. joined Para Los Niños as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Charter Schools. In this role, Jonathan collaborates with principals, school leadership teams, the after-school team, and the CEO to advise and support decision-making that will lead to increased student achievement.
Prior to working at Para Los Niños, Jonathan worked in various K-16 public education settings. Most recently he served as founding Executive Director of Growth for ASU Local; Arizona State University’s campus in Downtown Los Angeles. In this role, Jonathan was responsible for increasing access to an affordable, top 10 research university education in Downtown Los Angeles by partnering with various local education agencies and community-based organizations. Jonathan developed a deep understanding of the educational landscape in Los Angeles while working at City Year Los Angeles from 2012 to 2019. At City Year, Jonathan worked as the Managing Director of Impact where he was responsible for overseeing the execution of City Year’s work in 32 Los Angeles schools serving more than 10,000 students. This included setting a vision for the site’s work and leading a team of 40 professionals to execute on the evaluation, service quality, and learning and development needs for the nation’s largest AmeriCorps Program. He was also responsible for building strategic partnerships with district partners and the communities in which City Year Los Angeles serves, while ensuring a meaningful service experience for all 270 City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps Members.
Prior to working at City Year, Jonathan was an Assistant Principal at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy’s Harvard Campus. He also worked as a teacher and parent coordinator while at Camino Nuevo. His teaching career started as an AmeriCorps member with Teach For America at John Adams Middle School in Los Angeles after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in political science and Spanish. The practical, hands-on learning acquired during his career as an educator and the theoretical grounding gained from his Master’s Degree in Education at Loyola Marymount University and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Los Angeles all influence the powerful work he gets to be a part of. In 2019 Jonathan completed his Doctoral dissertation focused on the effective practices for developing asset-based mindsets among urban K-12 service providers.
When Jonathan is not indulging his professional passions, he is joyously raising his six-year-old daughter and admiring her warrior’s spirit.