Cassia M. Carvalho is 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 emerging and developing economies of Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She advises the governments of Brazil, the United States, and others, as well as multinational corporations, multilateral agencies, international financial institutions, and industry associations. Most recently, Ms. Carvalho was global leader for corporate affairs at the headquarters of Vale SA in Rio de Janeiro. Previously, Ms. Carvalho 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 to multinational companies for market entry, commercial diplomacy, and sustainability strategies. She was a visiting professor at Andrews University and has lectured at La Sierra University and the UN Staff College. She holds a master’s degree in international development and economics from the American University in Washington, DC. With a diplomatic profile, she speaks several languages - English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish - and has lived extensively in Brazil, Mozambique, France, Switzerland, and Japan.
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. Renata is also one of the Directors of the ABCI – Brazilian Scholars for International Trade, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington D.C.
Fernanda Burle is director for policy 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. Fernanda comes to BUSBC with twelve years of international law and policy experience in tax, trade and investment, and the Brazilian regulatory environment, among other issues relevant to our membership. Most recently, Fernanda worked in Brasilia at the São Paulo-based law firm Mattos Muriel Kestener as a government relations attorney. Fernanda also has experience working for the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the WTO in Geneva. A native of Brazil, Fernanda holds a J.D. from the Federal University of Pernambuco, a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Geneva, and an L.L.M. degree in Corporate Law from the Catholic University of Chile. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.
Terri O'Connor is director of business development at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. She has over 25 years of experience in international government relations and advocacy and is responsible for strategic business development, fundraising, and membership at the Council. Before joining the Council, she was president of Global T Associates, a consulting firm specializing in government relations and business development, and director of international affairs and advocacy at Motorola. She has also held in-house counsel positions at Geostar Corporation and Unisys Corporation. Terri has a bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and a law degree from Yeshiva University.
Luciana Rocha-Goldman joined the Brazil-U.S. Business Council to support the Export Green initiative. She is responsible for implementing all programs and activities related to Export Green. She also develops and implements the project’s communications strategy, including newsletters and website. Prior to joining BUSBC she worked as a contracts specialist for a mid-size government contractor in the Washington, DC metro area. Luciana has a law degree from University of Uberaba in Brazil, and a LL.M. from the Washington College of Law at American University. She and her husband live in Arlington, VA.
Reeve Wolford is senior advisor at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, representing the Council frequently in public speaking engagements and providing strategic guidance to many of the Council's sectoral committees, including the Oil & Gas Working Group and the Defense & Security Task Force. In addition, he is CEO of Arcturus Advisors, LLC, a Brazil-focused business advisory and government affairs consultancy. Prior to founding Arcturus Advisors, Reeve was Managing Director for Latin America at Altrius Group, LLC. Reeve previously served for eight years as Director of Marketing at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.
Faith Grant is Policy Communications Advisor to BUSBC. She is responsible for developing and executing the Council's communications strategy on behalf of BUSBC members. Prior to joining BUSBC's team, she worked as a policy advocate for a small agriculture non-profit. Faith began her career in public policy working on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where she covered energy, environment, telecom, financial services, transportation, and agriculture issues. She earned a bachelor's degree, cum laude, in Government and Latin American Studies from Smith College and a master's degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She has lived in Brazil and speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
Steven Bipes is the Brazil-U.S. Business Council’s chief representative in Brazil and the former BUSBC executive director. Before joining the council, Steven served as senior director of international policy for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with prior experience in the telecom, manufacturing, and software industries, working extensively with U.S. and foreign government agencies to eliminate regulatory barriers to international trade. Mr. Bipes earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University and a certificate in executive nonprofit leadership from the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute.