Welcome to the GFE Board

Grantmakers for Education welcomes Sophie Fanelli and Janet Lopez the board of directors in 2018.

Sophie Fanelli

Sophie Fanelli
Chief of Programs
Stuart Foundation

Sophie Fanelli is chief of programs at the Stuart Foundation, where she is responsible for leading the foundation’s investments to advance whole child education in California and Washington State.  She oversees four grantmaking portfolios: School Finance & Accountability, Educator Leadership, Creativity & Arts Education, and Adolescent Learning. Sophie first joined the Stuart Foundation as senior program officer for education in October 2012.

Previously, she served as director of research & policy at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA where she oversaw public policy and legislative efforts focused on education equity and access, student and parent engagement, and school transformation.  She also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California where she concentrated on a range of social and racial justice issues including advancing education equity, LGBTQ issues, immigrant rights, and advocacy for the homeless.  Sophie was trained as a lawyer in France, Italy and at the University of Texas in Austin where she focused on criminal justice issues.


Janet Lopez

Janet Lopez
Senior Program Officer
Rose Community Foundation

As senior program officer at Rose Community Foundation, Janet Lopez, Ph.D. directs the education program area, which seeks to eliminate the achievement gap and create equitable opportunities for all children to achieve academic success in the K-12 public school system. She has also been instrumental in partnering with local and national funders to create and direct the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative, the Colorado Education Organizing Fund, and the Climb Higher Colorado Coalition.

Prior to joining the foundation, she served as the director of P-20 education initiatives at the University of Colorado Denver. She has also served as the deputy director of former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s P-20 Education Coordinating Council. With an emphasis on ensuring student access and success, she has also worked at the Daniels Fund, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Dr. Lopez received her doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Undocumented Students and the Policies of Wasted Potential, focuses on the experiences of college-ready, undocumented high school students in North Carolina. Dr. Lopez is a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and a National Hispanic Institute Gen X Woman of Distinction.