David Lopez

David Lopez

Executive Director


Teach For America

San Diego, CA USA


Once you establish a belief in something that you really, really think is important, you stick to it. Because if you're not believing, others aren't going to follow your footsteps.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Son of two Mexican immigrants and had trouble learning English.
Almost dropped out of his public middle school after failing seventh and eighth grade.
Instead, transferred to a charter school, where he found new mentors, a new love for learning.
Found financial success in sales and marketing, but says those gains felt "hollow."
Returned to school to earn his Bachelor's degree from UCSD with the goal of transitioning into nonprofit work.
Joined Teach For America after realizing he was in the minority of low-income students who graduate college-wanted to give back.
Started his branch of the nonprofit in the hopes of giving everyone in San Diego access to a good education.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
San Diego Mesa College
undergrad
Bachelor
Management Science
University of California-San Diego
Career

Career

Executive Director

I build partnerships with schools and districts to help ensure that all students have access to an excellent education.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant