Lucy Mendez


Lucy is a Senior Analyst on the Public Engagement team working to support initiatives to strengthen community voice in decisions about education at the school, sector and city levels. Lucy’s passion for education began while working with low-income children as an AmeriCorps Jumpstart Corps member and witnessing firsthand the inequitable distribution of resources in early childhood centers, and the impact of those inequities in schools and student outcomes. It was this experience that inspired Lucy to advocate for increased opportunities for students, especially students from low-income backgrounds and underserved communities. Lucy began her career in DC at the Latino Student Fund where she developed and implemented a 9th-12th grade college access program at Cardozo Education Campus to support first-generation students in accessing and navigating the college application and enrollment process. She then transitioned to positions at the national level working at Achieving the Dream, the U.S. Department of Education, and Hispanic Federation where she continued her focus on improving education outcomes for low-income and first-generation students before joining the Education Forward DC team in 2018. Lucy earned a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Texas Tech University and an MA from American University. Lucy was born in Texas and identifies as a first-generation high school and college graduate. She currently lives in DC with her husband Trey, a DCPS high school baseball coach and enjoys spending days at Nats Park cheering on the 2019 World Series Champions.

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