Monique Fridell is executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC). She is responsible for developing, promoting, and overseeing programs and policy related to advancing trade and investment between the United States and Brazil. Before joining BUSBC, Fridell served as supervisory senior investment officer at the U.S. Department of Energy. There, she led multidisciplinary teams in structuring innovative alternative energy project finance transactions in the wind, energy efficiency, solar thermal, nuclear, and advanced fossil sectors. Earlier, Fridell spent nine years working with the Latin American private equity asset class both in Brazil as well as at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC). Prior to joining IIC, Fridell was a vice president & director at ABN AMRO North America. In this position, she originated and executed a variety of debt capital markets transactions for U.S. multinational corporate clients. Fridell began her career in the Developing Markets Group at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, a New York money-center predecessor bank of JP Morgan Chase. She holds an M.B.A and a B.A. from The American University in Washington, D.C. She is Brazilian-American and is fluent in Portuguese, French and Spanish. She lives in Bethesda, MD.
Renata B. Vasconcellos 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. 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.
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, Defense & Security Task Force, Retail & Consumer Products Working Group and Infrastructure Working Group. In addition, he is managing director for Latin America at Altrius Group LLC, a business advisory and government affairs consultancy that provides services in Washington, DC and various Latin American countries for clients in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. Prior to his work at Altrius Group, Reeve served for eight years as Director of Marketing at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.
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.