Ryan Lopez

Senior Partnership Manager

Ryan has dedicated his entire professional career to his true passion: education. He currently uses his experience to foster mutually beneficial district and school partnerships at ThinkCERCA.

Before arriving at ThinkCERCA, Ryan was a sales consultant at McGraw-Hill Education specializing in K-8 curriculum across subject areas.  He built the foundation of his knowledge by working in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as a classroom teacher after receiving his master’s degree at Depaul University. During Ryan’s 11-year tenure in CPS, he also worked in administration and served as curriculum director for his school.


What was your first car? A brown, 1983 Chevy Camaro V8.

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?  Always take time to appreciate the beauty in our world.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?  Winnie the Pooh probably.  He seems to have a pretty chill life hanging out with Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet every day.