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.


By Roadtrip Nation

David Lopez


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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High School
Associate's Degree
San Diego Mesa College
Management Science
University of California-San Diego


Executive Director

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

Career Roadmap

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


Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant