Accounting Assistant, Brazil
"Working here means that, somehow, I'm helping to create a more just country for all. "
BrazilFoundation mobilizes resources for ideas and actions that transform Brazil. We work with local leaders, organizations and a global network of supporters to promote equality, social justice and economic opportunity for all Brazilians.
One good idea holds enormous power. When supported and nurtured, it can become the solution that transforms a community. BrazilFoundation is dedicated to identifying, nurturing and supporting the promising ideas of community leaders across Brazil. When woven together their local solutions will strengthen the fabric of the country.
Years ago, a few friends met in New York City to learn how they could come together constructively to contribute to a better Brazil. The untested idea was to unite a family of support behind the leaders with ideas that will transform Brazil. Though this seed now has deep roots the initial vision remains: identifying and supporting the solutions that will enable a future of equal access, social justice and opportunity for every Brazilian.
Understanding that the greatest rewards often come with a measure of risk, we temper our decisions with confidence in the capacity and extraordinary resilience of the women and men we support.
This work requires many hands, tireless persistence and aligned resources. It is based in a vision of a shared future and a shared effort.
BrazilFoundation partners with institutions and corporations that are interested in BrazilFoundation’s successful methodologies as a way to help scale the social impact of their own investments.
Accounting Assistant, Brazil
"Working here means that, somehow, I'm helping to create a more just country for all. "
Photographer and Visual Storyteller, Volunteer
“I have visited nearly 20 projects for BrazilFoundation. My goal as a volunteer is to convey the depth, significance, and impact of these projects to supporters and potential donors.”
Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst
"Every developing project I visit and see renews my hope of a better world for us all."
Development Coordinator, US
“I am really inspired by BrazilFoundation’s work, from the meticulous project selection to the monitoring, training and guidance of the grantees.”
Director of Operations, Brazil
"It's gratifying to know that we contribute to the development of various organizations and individuals throughout Brazil and to be able to share so many success stories over the years!”
Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Analyst
"At this job I have the opportunity to inspire others and promote ideals and learning - contributing to this great creative power that is Brazil.”
Director, Miami Chapter
“I leverage my corporate and marketing skills to disseminate the philanthropic culture among the Brazilian community in Miami”
Administrative and Donor Advised Program Manager, US
“I love seeing donors become involved to help smaller non-profits and to see them develop and grow.”
Event and Public Relations Coordinator, US
“It's rewarding to work at an institution that thinks about the future of my country. Although I no longer live in Brazil, I'm happy to be a small part of this work"
Communications Coordinator, Brazil
“BrazilFoundation has changed the lives of so many people in Brazil. Contributing to this work makes me believe I'm helping to build a better and more just country."
Program Director, Brazil
"The Foundation’s work is guided by equality, justice and solidarity – which are an expression of my values."
Communications Coordinator, US
“People ask me why I would work for a Brazilian organization when I am not from Brazil. I believe that the world can learn a great deal from the leadership, innovation, resilience, and spirit of our grantees.”
Vice President & Director of Institutional Relations
"The pioneering spirit of BrazilFoundation to promote philanthropy for social transformation among individuals both in Brazil and abroad motivates us everyday to work better and better and create a new reality in Brazil – one that is collaborative, innovative and empathetic."
Logistics Coordinator and Community Relations, Brazil
"I believe in the transparency of our work and the seriousness with which we treat our mission."
President and CEO
“Every day I reflect upon ways through which we can better support our grantee partners changing communities across the country, contribute to a more transparent social sector in Brazil, foster collaboration and inspire more people to engage in meaningful and productive philanthropy.”
Financial Manager, Brazil, Volunteer
"I’ve worked for 12 years as a volunteer because I believe in the cause and seek, where possible, to transfer my knowledge and expertise to BrazilFoundation’s work."
Graphic Designer, freelancer, US
“In all of our grantees’ stories resides the affirmation that it’s possible to make a better Brazil - by the people and for the people. Nothing is more powerful than that.”
Leona founded BrazilFoundation in June 2000 after retiring from a 20-year career at the United Nations with the Department of Public Information (DPI). As chief of Information Centers Services at the UN, Leona managed a network of 70 centers around the world whose job was to provide information to the media and NGOs on major subject s under discussion at the UN. Prior to that, she headed the DPI’s section for non-governmental organizations, working closely with over 1,600 associated NGOs in all regions of the world. She served as Spokeswoman to the President of the General Assembly in 1995 during the fiftieth anniversary of the UN.
Chairman of the Board | Founder & Senior Managing Director, Atlas Advisors
Roberta is a founder and Senior Managing Director at Atlas Advisors, an investment banking firm. Prior, she worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. She holds an M.B.A. from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and a J.D. from the University of São Paulo Law School.
Vice-Chairman of the Board | Managing Director, BlackRock
William M. Landers, CFA, is Managing Director at BlackRock and the senior portfolio manager for the firm’s Latin American active equity portfolios. In the past, he worked as an investment banker at Bear Stearns, and as a Latin American research analyst at Lehman Brothers and CSFB. Will received a BSBA in finance from Georgetown University.
Partner, Jones Day
A co-founder of BrazilFoundation, Marcello is a partner with Jones Day, an international law firm. Born in Rio, Marcello graduated in Law and in Public and International Affairs from Louvain University in Belgium, and received a masters degree in Law from Georgetown University. Marcello is a board member of various not-for-profit organizations.
Former Managing Director, Latin America Equities at Goldman Sachs
Andre is the former head of Latin America Equities at Goldman Sachs. He serves on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs Brazil and is a member of the Brazil Management Committee, Growth market committee, Brazil Risk Committee and the Latin America Operating Committee. Previously, Andre was head of Latin America trading in New York. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2008 and was named partner in 2010. Andre earned a diploma from the Leadership Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.
Managing Partner and Founder, Atwell Real Estate Advisors
Daniela Atwell is a Managing Partner and Founder of Atwell Real Estate Advisors (“AREA”), and is a current adjunct professor of Architecture at Columbia University.Previously she was a Founding Partner of G2 Development Planning, Project Director with Pei Cobb Freed and Partners and a Project Manager with Rafael Viñoly Architects. She attended the School of Architecture at University of São Paulo, and earned a Bachelor and Master Degree of Architecture from Politecnico di Milano.
Partner, Baker and McKenzie, LLP
Daniela Fonseca is a partner at law firm Baker and McKenzie LLP in Miami. Previously, she was a partner at law firm Shutts & Bowens. Daniela played a key role in establishing the BrazilFoundation Miami Chapter. She has a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and studied Law at Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos.
Manager, Buy Side Trading Solutions in Latin America at Bloomberg
Drey currently heads Bloomberg's Buy Side Trading Solutions in Latin America, overseeing sales, implementations and support across 15 countries. He joined Bloomberg in 2002 in New York and has led teams in South America and Mexico. In Brazil for the last 7 years, Drey has focused on Enterprise Solutions. He has a degree in International Business and minors in Asian and LatAm studies from Fairfield University.
Public Health Management Specialist
Karen is a consultant in global health. With more than 35 years’ experience in 20 countries, she works to strengthen the governance, management and leadership of civil society and public sector organizations working in public health. A California native, Ms. Lassner holds MA and MPH degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Journalist and Real Estate Agent
Karin is a real estate agent in New York at CORE. She holds a masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and is a freelance contributor for several Brazilian media outlets. Before moving to New York she worked for O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper and Jornal da Tarde. She’s currently pursuing a masters in Fundraising for Nonprofits at New York University.
Principal, Americas - PRISA
Marcus joined PRISA’s executive team in January 2012 as the Principal for the Americas. Former COO and Head of the Corporate & Legal Affairs for Violy & Co. and VP for Santander Investment Bank, Marcus initiated his career as an Associate Attorney General for Brazil. Marcus worked for the LMDC on the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site. Marcus is a Board Member at other organizations and including Community-Word Project, CreativeTime and Americas Society. He has a law degree from UFRJ.
Founder, Tropics Showroom
Maria Carolina dedicates most of her time to her fashion distribution business, although she is also an attorney. A native of Recife, she has worked at several of Recife’s most respected law firms. She finished her studies at the University of Miami and is a member of the university’s Advisory Committee for the International Graduate Law Programs’ Alumni Association.
Head of Public Relations and Marketing, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Paula is the head and founder of Ello Comunicação, a branding firm with clients including Fasano and Osklen. She is also the head of public relations and marketing for Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro. She has a B.A from Brown University.
President & CEO, Asterias Biotherapeutics
Pedro is President and CEO of Asterias Biotherapeutics. Prior to that he was the CEO of Optimer Pharmaceuticals, and before that held several key positions with Pfizer from 1995 to 2009, and was an executive of Smith Kline Beecham. Mr. Lichtinger serves on the board of directors of Sanfer de México. Mr. Lichtinger holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an Industrial Engineering degree from the National University of Mexico.
President, UBS Brazil
Sylvia became the president at UBS bank in Brazil in 2013. Before joining UBS, Sylvia was responsible for the retail business, insurance and asset management at HSBC Bank for Latin America, and worked at Citigroup. She holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from ESALQ - USP, and an MBA from Columbia University. Sylvia also worked at institutions including ANBID, EDH, and was the president of LIDE Mulher.
CONSUL GENERAL OF BRAZIL IN MIAMI
Consul General of Brazil in New York
Chairman, Euro RSCG Brasil
Executive Director, Centro de Criação de Imagem Popular (CECIP)
President, Boeing Latin America
Former Minister of Culture
Former Minister of Finance and Partner, Conjuntura e Contexto
Managing Partner, EVA Capital Management LP
Ambassador, Brazil in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Partner, DeCoene Holdings LLC
Deputy Superintendant, Fundação Itaú Social
President, Foundation Center
Activist, Founder, Raised in Rocinha
Senior Program Manager, WITNESS
Former Program Officer at OAK Foundation