Cassia M. Carvalho is the executive director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. She is an international development expert with over 20 years of experience in public policy, international relations and private-sector development in the emerging and developing economies of Latin America, Africa and Asia. She serves as an adviser for the governments of Brazil, the United States and others, as well as for multi-national corporations, multilateral agencies, international financial institutions and industry associations. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Carvalho worked as global leader for corporate affairs at the headquarters of Vale SA in Rio de Janeiro, and before that served in various roles at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she managed a portfolio of public-private partnerships across emerging countries. Ms. Carvalho has been a consulting adviser for multi-national companies on topics such as market entry, commercial diplomacy and sustainability strategies, among others. She was a visiting professor at Andrews University and has lectured at La Sierra University and the U.N. Staff College. She holds a master’s degree in international development and economics from the American University in Washington, DC. Ms. Carvalho also speaks several languages – English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish – and has lived extensively in Brazil, Mozambique, France, Switzerland and Japan.
Senior Policy Director
Renata B. Vasconcellos is senior policy director at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. She identifies and analyzes policy issues affecting U.S. business both in Brazil and the United States and is responsible for formulating and executing BUSBC’s policy agenda on behalf of our members. Renata, an attorney admitted to practice law in Brazil and in the United States (N.Y. and D.C.), worked in the international department of Ohio based law firm Porter Wright prior to joining BUSBC, where for 16 years she represented American, Brazilian and Latin American clients on a variety of trade issues, including antidumping, customs law and export controls. Renata holds a J.D. from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in international business and trade law from the American University, in Washington D.C.
Macon Field is policy director at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. She is responsible for managing the development, promotion, and execution of the Council’s policy initiatives advancing commercial ties between Brazil and the United States. Prior to joining the Council, Macon served as the government relations lead for Latin America and Asia Pacific regions for Harris Corporation. She was responsible for expanding and maintaining strategic engagement with U.S. and foreign government officials to establish direct lines of communication that supported Harris global business objectives and growth. Macon previously managed the Harris Political Action Committee, responsible for directing strategies to drive growth in both revenue and membership. Prior to joining Harris, Macon served as a redistricting project director for Magellan Strategies based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Macon earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and a master’s degree in public administration from Norwich University. She is proficient in Portuguese and Spanish.
Director of Programs and Member Services
Bruno Schwartz is director of Programs and member services of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With more than 10 years of experience in international relations, sales, and marketing in the tourism industry, he oversees the creation and execution of all council communications, member services, and business development initiatives to further the council’s goal of advancing commercial ties between Brazil and the United States. Before joining the U.S. Chamber, Schwartz directed international travel trade strategies and public relations for the Utah Office of Tourism. There he was responsible for producing and managing international sales missions and trade shows in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Schwartz also spent eight years working in the human resources area. His expertise includes talent management, employee relations, workforce planning strategies, international recruiting, and employment-based visa sponsorships. Schwartz holds a B.A. in business administration from the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo in Brazil, and an M.B.A. from La Sierra University in California. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Monica de Bolle
Dr. de Bolle has over 15 years of experience working in Brazil, both as an academic and as a consultant for a range of Brazilian companies. She is currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and an adjunct professor at SAIS | Johns Hopkins University. Dr. de Bolle, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics, began her career at the International Monetary Fund. She has coauthored a number of books on the global and Brazilian economies, including The State of the World Economy, Challenges and Responses: Essays in Honor of Pedro S. Malan (2014), The Future of Brazilian Manufacturing: The Deindustrialization Debate (2013), New Dilemmas in Economic Policy (2011), Financial Regulation Reform in the U.S.: New Global Architecture and the Brazilian Regulatory Context (2009), and How to Respond to the Global Financial Crisis? Economic Policies for Brazil (2009). She contributes regularly to major Brazilian newspapers, including O Globo and O Estado de São Paulo, on Brazil’s economy and economic policies. She is fluent in English and Portuguese.
Senior Advisor for Congressional Affairs
Bill Morley helps manage the Council’s Hill strategy and engagement with Congress and the Brazil Caucus. He leverages his decades of experience building bipartisan support for trade, managing coalitions and crafting effective messaging and policy on US-Brazil relations to further the Council’s mission. Before founding the Altrius Group, LLC, a global consulting and advocacy group, Mr. Morley served as vice president for Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As chief trade lobbyist for the Chamber, he developed and helped implement strategies for passing presidential Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Chile, Singapore, Australia and CAFTA. Mr. Morley also enjoyed a successful career in public service as General Counsel and business liaison for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA). Mr. Morley is an attorney by training and holds a law degree from UCLA Law, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is conversational in Portuguese.
Ana M. Gamonal
Ana M. Gamonal assists the Council with all of its internal and external communication needs, drawing upon her almost 20 years of experience in press and public relations, congressional and federal affairs, outreach campaign development and event management to help the Council design and implement a strong communications and growth strategy. She is experienced in working with the government from her time as the U.S. State Department’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs within the Bureau of Public Affairs, where she oversaw outreach and liaison activities with state, territorial and local governments, and numerous regional and national NGOs. A University of Miami School of Law graduate and a Member of the Florida Bar, Ana is fluent in English and Spanish, proficient in French, with basic comprehension of written Portuguese.
João Barroso is the government affairs senior advisor for the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. Based in Brasilia, he serves as a resource for the Council’s Brazil-based member companies and as an advocate for our policy agenda before Brazil’s Congress, monitoring the activities and interacting with representatives of local, state, federal and regulatory agencies. Vested with leading outreach efforts to the new administration, João’s customized services to member companies include advising them on the potential government affairs’ implications of business situations and actions. An attorney with over 10 years of experience, João has extensive knowledge and involvement with Brazil’s ongoing dialogue between the private sector and the federal government’s executive, legislative and judiciary branches, and will use that experience to advise members.