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Sol Rivas Lopes

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Sol Rivas Lopes is an MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Her interests include ethical economic development, immigration, international institutions, and the use of policy initiatives to maximize social capital. 
Prior to her time at the University of Chicago, Sol worked in the Biden-Harris Transition, where she assisted the Public Media Agency Review team. She was also a trainee at the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. There, she supported and developed projects at the intersection of drug and addiction policy, and human rights.

Sol holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University, where she triple majored in Political Science, International Studies, and French. As an undergraduate, Sol was deeply involved on campus. She was a student intern for the Fulbright Diversity Initiative, where she developed and implemented programming for German exchange students of varied cultural backgrounds. She also served as Senator in the Student Government Association, as PR Chair in a student-run humanitarian organization, as PR Chair and Vice-President in her campus’ Latino Association, and as a mentor in the Latinx Leadership Program.

Sol was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, she has lived in the United States for most of the past seven years. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.