Lorena was born in Venezuela and moved to Florida (USA) as a child. There she completed a bachelors and masters at Florida State University in mechanical engineering and participated in a senior design project in Brazil for 6 months working on microalgae photobioreactors for biodiesel. Throughout her undergraduate summers she worked in the following labs on nanomaterial research: University of Idaho, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. She then attended the University of South Florida where she began her PhD in environmental engineering and as part of that program she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the environmental and agriculture sector in Ethiopia for 2 years. She completed her PhD focused on bamboo mechanical properties specifically for use in development work.
She now lives in a small town in the northern mountains of Spain with her partner where they try to live as sustainably as possible growing their own food and living minimally. She is interested in water projects using natural materials and self-supply.