Ignacio Lopez

The higher education leader

Age: 38

Title: Interim President

Name of Organization: Harold Washington College, City Colleges of Chicago

Bio: For over a decade, Ignacio Lopez has been a leader in higher education. He currently serves as the interim president of Harold Washington College, part of the City Colleges of Chicago. He previously served as the Deputy Provost of Academic and Student Affairs at National Louis University.

Lopez has served as an advisor and consultant to several school districts across the country, supporting initiatives focused on community engagement, culturally responsive teaching and capacity-building. He works with higher education leaders, foundations and community organizations to promote best practices within undergraduate programs to support students. He also has experience in the classroom; he’s held positions as a high school English teacher and a reading teacher.

Lopez is committed to community; he is a school board member for the East Prairie School District 73 in Skokie and was a governing board member for the University Center of Lake County. He has served in an advisory capacity to several community organizations in the Chicago area.

Lopez has written several online articles and books, including his latest, published last August: Keeping it Real and Relevant: Building Authentic Relationships in your Diverse Classrooms.

He holds a Doctor of Education in educational psychology and a master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lopez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up in Humboldt Park. He is a Chicago Public Schools graduate.