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Sophia Lugo currently serves as a technology policy advisor to the Mayor's Office at the City of San Jose, scouting or proposing technologies or business models to positively impact underserved San José residents and bolster private-public partnerships. She is particularly passionate about access, trust, and inclusion in health-related and digital innovation. Most recently, as an Associate Strategy Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she worked on health financing and supply chain, COVAX governance, and essential health services maintenance strategies in lower income countries. Before that, Sophia was a consultant at BCG and a product strategist at a biotech venture incubator.


Sophia is originally from the El Paso, Texas / Juarez, Mexico border. She studied History and Science with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy at Harvard University, focusing on international relations, Latin American and Hispanic affairs, and the social, political, and economic factors that co-produce science in and out of the lab. She also holds a Master's degree from the Schwarzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University, where she focused on biodata regulatory frameworks and understandings of privacy in the US and China.