Notable Women in Education: Jennifer López

Chief Executive Officer / Carmen Schools of Science and Technology

  • Category: Notable Women in Education
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 15
  • Undergrad degree/university: Occidental College; B.A., Spanish Literary & Cultural Studies, Minor in Education, emphasis in Mathematics
  • Graduate degree/university: Loyola Marymount University; M.A., School Administration and Policy

Through Jennifer López’s leadership as chief executive officer, the 2,276 students and families at Carmen Schools of Science and Technology have received high-quality education and wrap-around support through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to board member Alicia Dupies, senior vice president at Capri Communities.

Carmen is a non-selective public charter school serving 90% students from low-income families and 95% students who are Latino or African American.

When school closures were announced at the onset of the pandemic, López directed Carmen to:

  • Loan 1,745 Chromebooks to students lacking access.
  • Provide 440 WiFi hotspots to students without internet service.
  • Implement K4-12th grade virtual learning within three days.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on Carmen families’ jobs and access to basic needs, López also led an effort to raise $157,322 in emergency funds to cover families’ utility costs and rent/mortgage for parents and guardians who lost their income, medical and funeral costs related to COVID-19, grocery expenses through partnerships with Pete’s Market and El Rey, and small businesses’ unexpected costs incurred during the pandemic.

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