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 @ IDEO.org
- Country Director, Liberia @ Population Services International
- Consultant for Human-Centred Design @ IDEO.org
- Interim Chief of Party, Angola @ Population Services International
- Global Fellow @ IDEO.org
- 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, IDEO.org, 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.