KConnect Announces New President

The Board of Trustees of KConnect is pleased to announce the appointment of Salvador Lopez as the organization’s new President. Lopez will join KConnect on September 28, 2020.

Lopez most recently served as Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment for Grand Valley State University, where he implemented a program to attract and retain underrepresented students. Prior to that, he served as Director of Language Services at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.

In his new role, Lopez said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the organization and provide a new direction.

“To bridge the racial inequities in our communities, which include social, income, and documentation, there must be a systems-level change,” said Lopez. “I’m looking forward to stepping into a role where I can use my background, resources, and networks to advocate for systems change in Kent County.”

Lopez holds a master’s degree in communications and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from Grand Valley State University. He also is Chairman of the Board of Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (Alsame), a non-profit organization committed to making college education a reality for Latino students in Michigan.

“Salvador’s background in understanding systems and creating solutions to address racial disparities align with KConnect’s values,” said Andrew Brower, co-chair of KConnect’s Board of Trustees.

Virginia Vander Hart, co-chair of KConnect’s Board of Trustees, added, “Salvador is going to be a real asset to our organization. His leadership will enhance KConnect’s work of organizational and community engagement to help ensure all children and families in Kent County are thriving.”

Lopez will replace Pamela Parriott, who served as president since KConnect’s inception in 2013.

“We are grateful for the courage, leadership, and hard work that Pam put into our organization,” said Vander Hart. “She helped build a strong organization and we are looking forward to what’s next for KConnect under Salvador’s leadership.”

Brower added, “We also want to thank interim president Mark Woltman for stepping into this role and serving as an integral part of the search committee.”

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