Kathy Lopes assumed her role as the district's first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in July 2020.
Ms. Lopes joins Newton as a licensed clinical social worker and educator with extensive experience in education, mental health, non-profit, and government sectors.
Prior to this role, Ms. Lopes was the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at METCO, Inc and previously appointed as the Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She has held numerous administrative roles in primary, secondary and post-secondary education in both Washington, DC and Boston, MA. She is a longstanding adjunct faculty member at Simmons University School of Social Work, facilitating courses on Dynamics of Racism and Oppression, Urban Leadership, and Social Policy.
Lopes received her MSW from Simmons College and her BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.