Dr. Brenda D. Lopez - Chief External Officer
Dr. Brenda D. Lopez is an education champion with over 16 years of experience working with students, families, and school leaders. Her passion lies in connecting families to resources and empowering them as the first teachers of their child's education. Dr. Lopez believes in creating sustainable systems and structures that promote a culture of respect, trust, and accountability among families and schools. She co-created a leadership workshop for female students in the southeast Los Angeles area, Girls Leadership and Mentoring (GLAM) which exposes female students in grades fifth through twelfth to female leaders in the community who share their own personal journeys about leadership and resilience. Dr. Lopez also created a workshop for male students, Guiding Young Male Minds (GYMM) that aims to provide the same experience.
Dr. Lopez has successfully served the roles of teacher, after school coordinator, Dean of Academics, Dean of Students, and Dean of Culture at the secondary level. She joined the Magnolia home office team in 2018 as the Director of Student Services and currently serves as the Chief External Officer (CXO). She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. She earned her Master’s degree in Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Bachelor's degree in history with a secondary teaching credential from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Dr. Lopez is the eldest of six children and daughter to Luis and Amparo Lopez both immigrants from Mexico, specifically Oaxaca and Jalisco. She was born and raised in Pico Rivera and currently lives in Paramount, California with her two children and parenting partner.