Pamela Lopez graduated magna cum laude from Florida International University in 2016 with a double major in Political Science and International Relations along with earning a professional certificate of National Security from the Jack D. Gordon Institute. During her undergraduate career she interned on Capitol Hill in DC as a Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute fellow. In DC, Lopez joined and worked with the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, a nonpartisan group dedicated to advancing the interests, safety, and opportunities for the LGBT community in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also volunteered as an international site leader for the Alternative Breaks organization, she executed and fundraised for several trips to Nicaragua focusing on providing access to health services for women and children in rural areas. She is currently in her first year of graduate school and is looking to focus her future endeavors on non-traditional security risks of international development. As well as the promotion of LGBT supportive and protective policies in developing countries.