Team Member

Ariel Lopez

Ariel Lopez

Data & Policy Analyst

As a Data & Policy Analyst, Ariel works to collect and analyze education data to highlight the disparities in student achievement, educational opportunities and resource availability at the school, district and state level. He also provides support in educational policy analyses.

Prior to joining The Education Trust–New York, Ariel completed a Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellowship at Advocates for Children (AFC) of New York through the organization Leadership for Educational Equity. At AFC, he analyzed data to address issues with school accessibility, school funding and school policing policies across New York City. He is a Teach For America Alumnus and taught in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago for three years.

Ariel is a Dominican-American New Jersey native. He attained his Master’s degree at Dominican University in Illinois, where he majored in Educational Studies with a concentration in Special Education. He also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Traveling – I love to travel and explore new cities, restaurants/cuisines and go on new adventures

What are people most surprised to learn about you?

I graduated college before graduating high school

Why are you passionate about working at EdTrust?

As a first-generation, low-income child of color, I faced a lot of the educational inequities that EdTrust–NY aims to address. Growing up, I often found myself questioning what was wrong with me and being discouraged that I had to work twice as hard as my peers who came from more affluent neighborhoods. As I got older, I started to realize that a lot of the issues I faced where not my fault but just systemic failures that were beyond me. Once I became a teacher I saw similar inequities being pushed on the children I taught and wanted to make a greater impact to combat those inequities. The work of EdTrust–NY directly aligns with my vision and mission of utilizing data to create equitable change in education.