Lara has over been working for over two decades as a public health professional experienced in social/behavioral community-based intervention research and health systems strengthening in refugee and post-conflict settings. Currently based in Washington, DC, Lara has lived and worked in Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Chad, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Health Unit at IRC, Lara oversees the health research and innovation portfolio, strategic program development opportunities, and key global projects.