Washington Brazil Office

About Us

With the launching of the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil (USNDB), at Columbia Law School in December 2018, a goal was set to formalize previous advocacy and congressional work done in Washington. After a year of successful fundraising, this goal became possible, and the Washington Brazil Office (WBO) was born. Thanks to a joint effort by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the USNDB, the Office took off on April 2020 with an Executive Director and a Project Assistant. The WBO counts with an Advisory Board consisting of nine members representing university bodies, labor unions, researchers, non-profits, social movement leaders and the third sector. 

Our Mission

The Washington Brazil Office works on issues related to human rights and the environment in Brazil, seeking to analyze undertaken policies, their consequences and promote democratic debate toward social justice in the country.

Our Team

Our Staff

Advisory Board

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Juliana Moraes

Executive Director

With over 12 years living in Washington, Juliana has been involved in local and international actions related to gender, race, migration, social infrastructure, social justice and equality. Juliana has worked as a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on several Latin American and Caribbean countries, primarily Brazil and Haiti, and at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights at the Organization of the American States. Additionally, she has experience collaborating with a number of NGOs, grassroots campaigns and academics. Juliana holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University, and has collaborated on a number of advocacy actions in Brazil, Mexico and in the US.

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Mia Stone-Molloy

Project Assistant

She is currently studying Political Science at Brown University. She’s worked for the U.S. Network for Democracy in Brazil since January of 2019, and before that for the Opening the Archives Project, digitizing and indexing thousands of declassified Brazil’s dictatorship documents in the US.

James Green

Professor at Brown University

James N. Green is Professor of Brazilian history and culture at Brown University. He is the author or co-editor of eleven books on twentieth-century Brazil. He is currently the National Co-Coordinator of the US Network for Democracy in Brazil.

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour

Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Gladys Mitchell-Walthour is an Associate Professor of Public Policy & Political Economy in the Department of African & African Diaspora Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a political scientist specializing in Afro-Brazilian political behavior, black racial identity, discrimination, affirmative action and Bolsa Familia. She was the 2018-2020 president of the Brazil Studies Association. She is also Co-Coordinator  of the US Network for Democracy in Brazil. She published the book “The Politics of Blackness: Racial Identity and Political Behavior in Contemporary Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She has published in numerous peer reviewed journals including Latin American Politics & Society, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and the National Political Science Review. She was a Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University in 2014. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan -Ann Arbor, and a BA from Duke University.

Sidney Chalhoub

Professor at Harvard University

Sidney Chalhoub is David and Peggy Rockefeller Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He is also affiliated with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Before moving to Harvard, he taught at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) for thirty years. His research and teaching focus mainly on the social history of Brazil in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, having written books on working-class culture, urban slavery, public health, and the literature and the political and social ideas of Machado de Assis.

Stanley A. Gacek

U.S. Labor Lawyer

Stanley A. Gacek is Senior Advisor for Global Strategies at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union – UFCW (since 2016). He was ILO Deputy and Interim Director for Brazil from 2011 to 2016. He worked with the AFL-CIO as Assistant Director, Responsible for the Americas, Associate Director for International Relations, and Special Counsel for International Labor Law from 1997 to 2010. He served as Assistant Director for International Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for the UFCW from 1979 to 1997. He is an active member of the D.C. Bar Association and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Gacek received his B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1974 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. He received the Order of Merit from the Brazilian TST (Superior Labor Court) in November of 2016. He has spoken and published extensively on Brazilian labor law and labor relations.

Bryan McCann

History Department Chair at Georgetown University

Bryan McCann is a Brazilianist and Chair of the History Department at Georgetown University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on Brazilian cultural, social and political history. His research specialties are the history of favelas and urban politics, and the history of popular music.

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Marina Dias Lucena Adams

Doctoral Student at Brown University

Marina Dias Lucena Adams is a doctoral student in History at Brown University where she also received her A.M in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She has been involved with political organizing since her undergraduate years in Brazil and the United States, particularly around issues of gender and race. Marina is a founding member of the U.S Network for Democracy in Brazil and, currently, its National Organizer.

Alexander Main

Director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research

Alexander Main is Director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include Latin American integration and regionalism, US security and counternarcotics policy in Central America, US development assistance to Haiti, and US relations with Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela.  Prior to CEPR, Alex spent more than six years in South America working as a foreign policy analyst and an international cooperation consultant. He holds degrees in history and political science from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Andrew Miller

Advocacy Director at Amazon Watch DC

Andrew brings two decades of human rights activism and international field experience to his work as Amazon Watch's DC Advocacy Director. Since 2007, he has collaborated closely with indigenous partners from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, facilitating rights-based advocacy at Washington DC-based institutions such as the multilateral banks, U.S. executive offices, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He travels regularly to the Amazon region and offers frequent commentary to media such Al Jazeera English, CNN en Español, and the BBC World Service. Previously, he held several positions at Amnesty International USA, served as an "unarmed bodyguard" in Colombia with Peace Brigades International, and led capacity-building efforts for southern Sudanese community-based organizations through Mercy Corps.

Erik Sperling

Executive Director of Just Foreign Policy

Erik Sperling is the Executive Director of Just Foreign Policy. He has worked as Senior Adviser and Counsel in the offices of Congressman Ro Khanna and Congressman John Conyers. He has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Isabela Carvalho

Product Lead and Senior Project Manager at Ashoka

Isabela Carvalho is a Product Lead and Senior Project Manager for Ashoka, global organization that identifies and supports the world's most leading social entrepreneurs and changemakers. In her career, she has led integration and advocacy for the United Nations; managed programs for WINGS, a membership organization that promotes philanthropy infrastructure; and implemented a Fellowship program for Yunus&Youth, a social business supported by Muhammad Yunus, connecting young social entrepreneurs with mentors from the corporate sector. 
Isabela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (Brazil) and a Master’s degree in Communications and Development (Spain). Through her experiences, she has developed strong multi-sector program management and stakeholder engagement skills, as well as a keen passion for social innovation and social justice. An advocate of the civil society mobilization, she currently lives between Rio de Janeiro and Washington-DC.

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Aline Piva

Collaborator with Board of Expressão Popular

Aline Piva is the founder of a weekly show co-hosted by former Brazilian Minister of International Affairs, Celso Amorim, under the direction of renowned Brazilian writer, Fernando Morais. She currently collaborates with the editorial board of Expressão Popular, a publisher connected with popular movements in Brazil. Piva was Assistant Deputy Director at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) for the tenure of 2017-2018, where she founded COHA’s Brazil Research Unit, directing it from 2016 to 2018. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the State University of Londrina in Brazil, where she earned a postgraduate degree in International Law. She also has a postgraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Brasilia. She has worked in areas of media analysis and political campaigns for Entrelinhas, a Brazilian-based international communications agency. Piva also cooperates with the communications network of progressive social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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