Carla Pramila Lopez | Biology

From: I live in New York City and am from Brazil

Pomona Days: Class of 2001 | Biology

Current Employment: Design Innovation Lead, Health @ International Rescue Committee

Past Employment & Graduate School:

  • MPH, Health Behaviour/Health Education @ UNC Chapel Hill
  • STAR Regional Marketing Advisor + PSI Zimbabwe HCD Advisor @ Population Services International
  • HCD Consultant @
  • Country Director, Liberia @ Population Services International
  • Consultant for Human-Centred Design @
  • Interim Chief of Party, Angola @ Population Services International
  • Global Fellow @
  • Technical Advisor for Behaviour Change Communications @ Population Services International
  • HIV Technical Advisor for BCC @ Population Services International
  • Associate Program Manager, Southern Africa @ Population Services International
  • Process Evaluator for PEPFAR-funded Youth Programs @ MEASURE Evaluation
  • Environmental Consultant @ Plexus Scientific


My dad is a biochemist with a specialty in chocolate. This not only guaranteed that I'd make friends in all the different places his work took us growing up - it also gave my imagination free reign in thinking about a career. Paleontology was an obvious choice as a 6-year old. But through a very indirect out (detours in life always pay off) I got a master's degree in public health with a focus on health behaviour and started working in international development.

My work fit my interests, sure, but it was also a good lifestyle fit. I grew up living in many different countries and my work has me moving ever couple of years. It's taken me from Papua New Guinea, where I ran a course on better sex for tribal warriors; to Haiti, where I ran a social marketing programme after the earthquake. 

In the middle there (detour), I also worked for a design non-profit,, and then went back into international development. I ran a country programme in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak and trained colleagues in Zimbabwe on human-centred design. I now work for the Airbel Center of the International Rescue Committee as their Design Lead for Health Innovation.