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Yahaira Lopez

Chief of Staff, Human Resources Solutions

Yahaira Lopez is Chief of Staff for Human Resources Solutions in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under the Biden-Harris Administration. She previously served as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Advisor at OPM. She has also led operations management and human capital strategy for a variety of corporate, governmental and political organizations.

Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Department of Energy overseeing operations within the Office of the Secretary. Prior to that, she served as Director of People Operations at Hawkfish LLC, and prior to that was Human Resources Director for Vice President Kamala Harris's presidential campaign. During the Obama Administration, she worked across three different federal agencies, first managing environmental policy initiatives at the Department of Agriculture, and later pivoting to political personnel at the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation. Lopez’s academic background is in natural resource conservation, which led her to work with several environmental nonprofit organizations as an educator and program manager for ten years.

She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional.

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