Director of Programs and Member Services
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.
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.
Bruno Schwartz is director of programs and member services at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He is responsible for developing and managing programs, member services, and business development initiatives. Before joining the Council, Bruno managed international travel trade strategies and public relations for the Utah Office of Tourism. He has more than ten years of experience in international relations and sales and marketing within the tourism industry. A native of Brazil and a citizen of the United States, Bruno holds a BA in business administration from the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo and an MBA from La Sierra University. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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.
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.
Bill Morley is the founder of Altrius Group, LLC, a global consulting and advocacy group. Prior to forming Altrius Group, Bill headed the Washington office of MWW Group, a government affairs and public relations firm. Bill came to MWW from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he served for nearly eight years as Vice President for Congressional Affairs. 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. Prior to joining the Chamber, Bill enjoyed a successful career in public service as General Counsel and business liaison for U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA). Bill is an attorney by training and holds a law degree from UCLA Law and a bachelor's degree from Haverford College. He is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Portuguese.
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 national policy advocate for a California-based 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 senior advisor 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.