Carlos Lopez was selected for the 15-member inaugural cohort of the Postsecondary State Career Technical Education (CTE) Leaders Fellowship at Advance CTE– Sponsored by ECMC Foundation. The 15-month national Fellowship strives to advance diversity state postsecondary Career Technical Education leadership through an intensive experience of workshops, coaching and a real-world project dedicated to build the knowledge and social capital to be a skilled, equity-minded leader. Lopez has over a decade of experience as an associate dean, instructor, program coordinator and academic advisor at secondary and postsecondary institutions focused on historically marginalized learners. He recently finished a stint at the Colorado Department of Education focusing on concurrent enrollment programs and increasing the state’s FAFSA completion rates. They earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and master’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education from St. John’s College – Santa Fe and University of Texas – San Antonio, respectively. He is currently a doctoral student planning research in success for marganilized learners and/or LGBTQ+ communities.