Visionary, Dr. Lopez Opened a School to Close a Prison…

Dr. Nadia Lopez is an award-winning global thought leader who is redefining education. She became a viral sensation after the popular blog Humans of New York featured her as one of the most influential people of this life. In 2010, Dr. Lopez opened a school to close the prison in Brownsville, Brooklyn, considered one of the most underserved and dangerous neighborhoods in NYC.  With a focus on STEAM education, the school became a beacon of hope for the entire community, with Dr. Lopez serving as its principal for a decade.


Lopez’s work has been featured across major media outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Glamour Magazine, PopSugar, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Dr Lopez, a LinkedIn Top 10 Voice in Education also received the Black Girls Rock award – alongside Michelle Obama in 2015. In that same year, she was invited to the White House to meet with President Obama.

In 2016, she was bestowed the honor of global ambassador of education and was recognized as one of the Varkey Foundation’s Top 50 Global Teacher Prize Finalists. Her Ted Talk on the Education Revolution has garnered more than a million views, and she has lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School for Education, teaching students on the subject of the school-to-prison pipeline. A best-selling author, Dr. Lopez has written The Bridge to Brilliance and co-authored Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, that has become required reading at colleges and universities throughout the US.  

In 2020, Dr. Lopez ended her tenure as Mott Hall Bridges Academy’s principal as self-preservation after developing a stress-related illness that threatened her life.  Her next chapter has been built on those experiences. She has been inspired to on center mental health, wellness, and sustainability as she continues to impact education through her keynote speaking, coaching, consulting, and podcasting. 

Her overall goal is to inspire 10 million leaders in education who will transform the lives of 1 billion children.  See you there! 

Follow her on LinkedIn.

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