Vanessa Lopez is the administrative associate to the Chairs at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She has worked for Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi since 2020 providing administrative support to the director and staff of the Bursar Department and joined the institute in 2022. Her previous administrative support experiences include working in the financial operations office at Kleberg Bank and specialty clinics at Driscoll Children's Hospital. As a South Texas native, Vanessa is fascinated by all the research and projects conducted at HRI and loves their mission. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons especially doing activities such as barbecuing, baseball games, and traveling.