Sergio Leitão (Executive Director)
A lawyer, he is a founding member of the Instituto Escolhas and is now its executive director. He was director of public policies and director of campaigns for Greenpeace Brazil, where he worked for ten years. He founded and was the Executive Director of the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA). He lived in New York for two years, where he volunteered for the Rainforest Foundation US. He advised the Minister of Justice José Gregori on social and environmental issues during President Fernando Henrique Cardoso administration. He worked as a lawyer for the Indigenous Rights Unit (NDI) in the 1990-1995 period, and as legal advisor to the project Study on Indigenous Lands (PETI) of the National Museum Anthropology Department in Rio de Janeiro. He initiated his career as advisor for social issues at the Fortaleza Archdiocese, where he worked with Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider. Born in Crateús, in Ceará state, he is father to two daughters and currently lives in São Paulo.


Jaqueline Ferreira (Portfolio Manager)
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University and a doctorate in Social Sciences from the Rio de Janeiro Rural Federal University Social Sciences Postgraduate Program in Development, Agriculture and Society. She was a researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Joaquim Venâncio Polytechnic School of Health, where she worked in research projects on health in agrarian reform areas. There, she also coordinated courses in environmental health and training for environmental technicians for the rural population. As a consultant for Public Interest Management (GIP), she works with projects to strengthen civil society organizations in the areas of education and sustainable development. She is dedicated to a sociological approach to issues such as public policies, social movements, associative networks, sustainable development, family farming, rural education, and rural extension.


Larissa Rodrigues (Portfolio Manager)

Larissa holds a PhD and a master’s degree in Energy by the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and a bachelor’s in International Relations by Faculdades Belas Artes. She acted as the coordinator of Research and Investigations at Greenpeace Brazil, as well as a Climate and Energy campaigner. She has solid experience working with climate, energy, and forests. Her background includes projects with international organizations, universities, and the private sector on energy systems regulation and modeling. Larissa started her career at the International Relations department of the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (Fiesp), working with international trade agreements negotiations.

Juliana Siqueira-Gay (Project Manager)

Environmental engineer from Escola Politécnica at Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and holds a Master of Science from the same institution with an internship at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), Germany. Juliana received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Program of Mineral Engineering at Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) with a period as visiting student at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science da University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. Jointly with different research groups, specialists and members from third sector organizations developed research and consulting projects in the field of environmental impact assessment of policies, plans, and projects, focusing on formulating policy-relevant scenarios to support a more sustainable decision making.

Camilla Guimarães (Project Coordinator)

PhD in Business Administration at Fundação Getulio Vargas. Master’s in Development Planning with a concentration in Social and Environmental Development, from the Center for High Studies in the Amazon – UFPA. And a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She participated in a Global Social Enterprise course at Yale University. Worked in the execution and coordination of research on Institutional Strengthening and Qualification of Municipal Management, digital business platforms for sustainability, food waste from the perspective of the circular economy.

Patrícia Pinheiro (Project Coordinator)

PhD in Social Sciences at the Postgraduate Program of Social Sciences in Development, Agriculture and Society (CPDA/UFRRJ), with a doctoral exchange program at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, in Senegal.  She held a postdoctoral degree at the Postgraduate Program in Anthropology at the Federal University of Paraíba and at the Federal University of Pelotas. She works mainly on the following themes: ethnic-racial relations, public policies in quilombola communities, environmental racism, visual anthropology.

Stella Pieve (Project Coordinator)
Stella holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology (UFPel), a master’s in Rural Development (UFRGS), a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (UFRGS) with a doctoral internship at the Free University of Amsterdam, and a post-doctoral in Territorial Development and Public Policy (UFRRJ). She has experience in creating technical reports and ethnographic surveys on immaterial and socio-environmental heritage as well as identifying and fixing the boundaries for quilombola lands, advising on social education projects, and as a teacher in subjects of environmental and social sciences at elementary, secondary, and higher levels. As a consultant for Public Interest Management – GIP, she worked on institutional advisory projects, advisory services to donors, event organization, strategic planning, applied research and stakeholder mapping for Third Sector organizations.

Vitória Leão (Project Coordinator)
Vitória is a researcher with experience in family-based agriculture and its arrangements in the food market and territories. With an undergraduate degree in environmental management and an Interdisciplinary Masters in Applied Ecology, both at the University of São Paulo, she is PhD candidate in the Postgraduate Program in Social Sciences in Development, Agriculture and Society at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. She carries out and participates in projects that combine social, environmental and economic aspects of the production, marketing and consumption of food in regions of high urbanization, and their implications for the elaboration of discourses, public policies and regulatory frameworks.


Gisela Cordeiro (Institutional Processes Manager)

Economist, she dedicated the first part of her professional life to strategic areas of Finance in large multinationals like Unilever, Alcoa and Diageo. Later he joined the Third Sector, giving new focus to her work, promoting an interesting exchange between the experience acquired in the private sector and the reality of the Third Sector. Since then she’s been consolidating her work in Finance and Management in organizations like IDIS, Instituto Rukha, Junior Achievement, Arapyaú and Instituto Serrapilheira. 

Janice Aniceto (Financial Analyst)
Janice holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Organizational Psychology, with a long career in a multinational company working in different areas (financial, commercial and logistics). Previously, Janice has also worked in consulting and restructuring of small businesses.

Rafael Cardoso (Financial Analyst)

Graduated in Financial Management from Faculdade Anhanguera, in addition to an extracurricular course in Business Management. He worked in multinational companies such as Unilever and Ajusa do Brasil, providing support in financial and logistical planning. Starting a new step in his professional career, he entered the Third Sector, bringing his experiences from the private sector to the administrative and financial areas of Instituto Escolhas.


Salete Cangussú (Media Advisor)
Graduated in Social Communication from the University of Mogi das Cruzes (SP), she has worked as a journalist in the public and private sectors and in the areas of communication and press advisory services, crisis management, communication strategies and content production, acting in leading positions. Among the companies and institutions that she has worked for are: Light S.A., Sabesp, Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica (Aneel) and Agência Nacional de Águas (ANA), Secretaria de Comunicação Social da Presidência da República and media outlets such as Rede Globo, TV Cultura and Rede Bandeirantes de Rádio e TV.

Cinthia Sento Sé (Institutional Communications Manager)
Journalist, holds a postgraduate degree in Communication Management by the University of São Paulo and a master’s degree in Social Development and Management by the Federal University of Bahia. As a consultant, she has structured Communication fronts in several social organizations, specially those commited to sustainable development and the right to education, like the Chapada Institute for Education and Research and the Muká Agroecology. Prior to this, she was Networking Manager at GIFE-Group of Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises and worked as Communication Specialist at UNICEF’s Zonal Office in São Paulo.

Gabriela Matos (Institutional Communications Analyst)

Gabriela has a bachelor degree in Public Relations from Fundação Escola de Comércio Álvares Penteado-Fecap (SP). She started her career as an intern in the cosmetic industry, but she soon followed to the third sector, working for the ISMART. There, she contributed to strengthen the area, helped in organizing events and managing social networks.