Pamela Lopez brings extensive experience in the legislative, political, and media arenas. She cut her teeth in education policy after she was recruited to represent school districts at a prominent corporate firm, and has represented many of California’s largest education agencies in state and federal affairs. Ms. Lopez is widely recognized among lawmakers for her expertise in education policy and her prowess in policy messaging and strategy. She is also respected by policy makers for her analytical and research skills, and appreciated by colleagues for her work to mentor talented young women and people of color who wish to start young in the policy arena.
Ms. Lopez has secured major victories in her work as an education advocate. She recently worked closely with the office of Governor Brown to advance sweeping policy changes that promote funding equity and direct resources to English Language Learners and students from low income families, and to increase the power and autonomy of locally elected school boards and school district leaders. She previously led a state-wide coalition of more than thirty major education agencies to prevent the misuse of state funds by charter schools.
Ms. Lopez has held multiple legislative staff positions in the California State Senate, and began her work in politics by directing local campaigns and serving in key appointments in local government. She holds a BA, with high honors and high distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an alumna of the prestigious California Senate Fellows Program, which consistently ranks among the nation’s top graduate fellowships in politics and public policy. She is a PhD candidate in American Politics and Public Administration at American University. Her academic work addresses issues of representation and group identity in lawmaking.