Marcos Popovich Nellie Mae Education Foundation NME Staff

Marcos Popovich


“As a young woman, my mother worked as a migrant farmworker and traveled across the U.S. harvesting fruit and vegetables. Having to move with the harvest, she transferred from school to school constantly, never staying long enough to make friends and always feeling like an outsider. Her story motivates me to fight for educational equity for young people who come from immigrant and low-income communities. Every child deserves a quality education and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

Marcos Popovich joined the Foundation in 2015.

As the son of a Mexican-American migrant farmworker, Marcos Lucio Popovich has committed his career to create opportunities for young people to thrive and promoting civic engagement in immigrant and low-income communities.

Prior to joining Nellie Mae, Marcos served as a fellow at the Barr Foundation and EdVestors where he supported grant-making focused on reengaging disconnected youth, increasing supports and opportunities for young men of color, expanding learning opportunities beyond the school day, improving underperforming schools in Boston, and expanding access to arts education in Boston Public Schools.

Marcos also served as the Director of Operations at the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute where he directed national programs and campaigns promoting Latino educational achievement, leadership development, and civic engagement.

Marcos holds a J.D. from DePaul University, an M.A. in History from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Bowling Green State University. He serves on the Board of TSNE MissionWorks.