Ford Fund and 92nd Street Y Announce the 2018 Class of Ford Fellowship Initiative that will Take Place for the First Time in Brazil

  • The nonprofit leadership program announces Ford Fellows representing diverse industries, backgrounds and communities across Brazil.
  • Twelve Fellows were selected from a pool of over 150 applicants from all five regions of Brazil.
  • Ford Fund and the 92nd Street Y have collaborated to bring the Ford Motor Company Fund Fellowship program for almost 20 years.
  • As of 2017, the Ford Fund has invested over $2 million in Brazil with programs focused on education, health and sustainable communities, as well as employee volunteerism.

São Paulo, Brazil, February 27, 2018 – 92nd Street Y’s (92Y) Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact with Ford Motor Company Fund, the corporate foundation of Ford Motor Company, announced today the 2018 class of Ford Fellows, the first group outside the United States. The Ford Motor Company International Fellowship is a dynamic leadership program for nonprofit professionals that will take place in São Paulo from March 5th to 9th, 2018. This year’s group of 12 Fellows was selected from a pool of over 150 applicants from across Brazil. The group includes leaders with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests from all five regions of the country.

The program, run by 92nd Street Y, is part of Ford Fund’s Operation Better World that launched in Brazil in 2012. As of 2017, the Ford Fund has invested over $2 million in programs focused on education, health, and sustainable communities, as well as employee volunteerism. For almost 20 years, Ford Fund and 92Y have used the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship program to bring together social entrepreneurs throughout the world to engage with each other, learn key lessons, and connect as a community.  

“The Ford Fellowship leadership program in Brazil is an important focus of our ongoing commitment to expand sustainable social mobility efforts globally while working with a committed group of community leaders who will foster long-term solutions,” said Joe Avila, Manager, Community Development, U.S. & Latin America, Ford Motor Company Fund.

92Y’s Ford Motor Company International Fellowship is a free five-day intensive leadership program designed to cultivate the next nonprofit and social change leaders across Brazil. Building on nearly two decades of international fellowships, the Ford Fellowship will provide leadership workshops, group discussions, and opportunities for participants to connect and collaborate on mobilizing their communities and building capacity across the sector. Over the course of five days, from March 5 - 9, 2018, Fellows will receive hands-on training, access to workshops with international experts, and a comprehensive curriculum that will give them the skills they need to grow their organization's operations and impact in Brazil.

 “We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 class of Ford Fellows and to launch this next chapter of the program in Brazil,” said Asha Curran, 92Y’s Chief Innovation Officer and Director of its Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. “There’s great potential for the nonprofit sector to grow and flourish in Brazil, and we are very excited to work with this class of leaders to learn more about their shared challenges and new solutions to enhancing the third sector.”

“The collaboration between Ford Fund and 92Y is very aligned with our local strategy of social responsibility, focusing on building a strong relationship with Brazilian organizations, explains Roberta Madke, Corporate Communications & Social Responsibility, Ford Brazil. “With the Ford Fellowship, we are able to stimulate the capacity building of the nonprofit sector in Brazil and the grassroots efforts to improve transformational impact for individuals and communities and make a difference in our country.”


The 2018 Ford Fellows are:

  • Ines Alvarez-Gortari, Institutional Development Officer, Casa Fluminense, (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Marcos Antonio Candido Carvalho, Art Education Coordinator, Centro Projeto Axé, (Salvador, Bahia)
  • Rodrigo Chia, Vice-president, Observatório Social de Brasília, (Brasília, Distrito Federal)
  • Jamile Coutrim Dalri, Fundraising Coordinator, Instituto Oncoguia, (São Paulo, São Paulo)
  • Silvia Daskal Hirschbruch, Executive Director, Instituto Doar, (São Paulo, São Paulo)
  • Daniel De Castro, Communications Advisor, UNAIDS Brasil, (Brasília, Distrito Federal)
  • Janaina Lazzarotto Simioni, Psychologist and Director Member Psychologist as Secretary, Instituto Orbis de Proteção e Conservação da Natureza, (Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul)
  • Binka Le Breton, Co-Founder and Director, Amigos de Iracambi (Iracambi), (Rosario da Limeira, Minas Gerais)
  • Fabiano Lopez da Silva, Executive Coordinator, Fundação Vitória Amazônica - FVA (Manaus, Amazonas)
  • Alan Maia Silva, President & CEO, Agência do Bem, (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Marcos Oliveira, Executive Director, Instituto MeViro, (Brasília, Distrito Federal)
  • Mariana Ribeiro, Director of Communications and Incubations, Nossas, (São Paulo, São Paulo)

These Fellows were selected by members of the Ford Fellowship Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from the nonprofit sector in Brazil, 92nd Street Y, Ford Brazil, and Ford Fellow alumni. To learn more about the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship, visit For any inquiries or more information, please contact


About 92nd Street Y

92Y is a center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. Founded in 1874, it seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental growth of people throughout their lives. 92Y offers thousands of programs from its New York headquarters and creates community far beyond its four walls, bringing people from all over the world together through innovations like the award-winning #GivingTuesday and the Social Good Summit. It’s transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world.  All of 92Y’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions and ethnicities. For more information, visit

About Ford Motor Company Fund

Ford Motor Company Fund is the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. Established in 1949, Ford Fund invests in transformational programs that advance innovation, empower people, promote social mobility and improve community prosperity. Ford Fund works with local and global organizations to create opportunities in education, encourage safe driving, enlist employee volunteers and enrich community life. Ford Fund’s signature programs include Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford College Community Challenge, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Driving Skills for Life, Ford Next Generation Learning and the Ford Volunteer Corps. For more information, visit, or join us on Facebook @FordFund and Twitter @FordFund


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