Maira Lopes

Graduate and Professional Studies Enrollment Counselor
Mission Valley

I was born and raised in San Diego. I love discovering new places and meeting new people here in this beautiful city. When I get a chance I also love to explore other areas. Some of my previous adventures include voyaging around Mexico, China, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. I also enjoy spending time in community.

As an enrollment counselor, my biggest joy is to help prospective candidates achieve their educational and career goals. I am not afraid to be vulnerable with others and I love when candidates open up and share their life journey. It’s not surprising to find me laughing or crying when I am meeting with students.

Fun Facts

I am passionate about Jesus, family, friends and good food. I have climbed the Great Wall of China twice. I drive a convertible BMW that is over 20 years old. I love to make ordinary events into festivities.  

Favorite Quote

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.


M.A. Organizational Leadership, PLNU

B.A. International Development Studies, PLNU