Lara is the Program Assistant of the Brazil Institute at the Wilson Center. Previously, she served as Academic Affairs Intern at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, where she researched Lusophone external assistance to Africa's security sector. Prior to joining the Africa Center, she interned with the Press and Public Diplomacy section at the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C.

Lara holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University, with a focus on identity, race, gender, and culture issues.