Pambi is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she fled civil unrest in 1993. She was first introduced to international affairs through fieldwork in Haiti. There, she partnered with organizations addressing public health and economic reform. She championed for and implemented a community-led model of teaching that is still in use today. Pambi also worked in the Dominican Republic, focusing on the women of the sugarcane plantation immigrant workers and rural communities. This interest in social issues led to an internship in Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s Congressional Office while she completed her undergraduate studies. In 2016, Pambi moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her Master's degree in foreign policy and international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She served on the board of Johns Hopkins Global Women in Leadership for two years, advocating for an intersectional approach to advancing the cause of women in international relations.