Isha M. Renta
Lopez is a scientist that works in the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric
Research (OAR) as an Analyst and Program Manager. In her current
position she manages programs, leads people, is involved in the
science policy process, and performs research and development
analysis. Previous to this position, Isha was a
meteorologist/forecaster for the NOAA’s National Weather Service
Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office. In her duties Isha provided
forecasts and briefings for their partners and the public, issued
warnings, as well as data analysis. Before that, Isha worked as a
Research Meteorologist for the Department of the Navy.
Before her work for the Navy, Isha worked as a Student Researcher at
Howard University, and at various organizations including the National
Science Foundation, NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, and NOAA’s
Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch. Isha was also part of a 30-day
research cruise that took place in May 2007.
Isha founded and currently directs Semilla Cultural, a non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the Afro-Puerto
Rican musical and dance genre of ‘bomba’.