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Sole Proprietor

JD Traduções SA/Ltda

Owned and operated incorporated firm that provided translation and simultaneous interpretation services to a broad variety of clients.Accomplishments include:

·Establishment of firm as first choice for Brazilian film producers seeking into-English adaptation of screenplays;

·Development of broad client base, including consultancy firms, the U.S. government, the government of the State of São Paulo, the Brazilian national library, and literary authors;

·Development of curricula and course materials for instruction of simultaneous interpretation and translation;

·Development of pool of local talent for “voice-overs” and dubbing;

·Familiarity with Brazilian business tax requirements.

Nov 2004Apr 2009

Deputy Director, Latin American Operations

Motion Picture Association - América Latina

·Established communications operations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, determining messaging strategies in support of MPA image, key messages and legislative agenda.Until December of 2009, reported directly to the Worldwide Executive Vice President for Communications. Accomplishments include:

§Positioning of MPA as the preferred source on the audiovisual industry;

§Achievement of more than 150 media placements in 2008, equivalent to $1.5 million in earned media;

§Planning and execution of media events, including film pre-screenings, press conferences, and filmmaking seminars;

§Identification and supervision of MPA participation in local educational outreach initiatives;

§Development of new communications products and services for member companies, including regional daily media report, quarterly newsletter and regional website.

·Supervise regional statistical reporting function, creating new products and adapting existing ones to meet evolving member company needs.

Mar 1992Jul 1998

Foreign Service Officer

United States Information Agency

The United States Information Agency was the cultural and press arm of the U.S. Foreign Service from 1953 to 1999.USIA's mission was to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics in promotion of the national interest, and to broaden the dialogue between Americans and U.S. institutions, and their counterparts abroad.In postings to São Paulo, Brazil; Budapest, Hungary, and Panama City, Panama, accomplishments include: 

·Direction of U.S. Speaker Program, Fulbright Exchange Program, and International Visitors Program;

·Service as spokesperson, providing interviews and making public appearances on behalf of the U.S. government;

·Specialization in environment affairs (Sao Paulo); military-civilian relations (Hungary), and bilateral post-Canal negotiations (Panama);

·Preparation of speeches and talking points for senior officers;

·Attainment of maximum performance ratings at each posting.



  • Junior Year Abroad at Universitat Central de Barcelona
  • Senior Year Internship at Organization of American States


New York University
  • Master thesis advisor E.L. Doctorow.
  • Selected to teach undergraduate writing workshop concurrently with studies.
  • Numerous publications and public readings.


Development of communications tools.
Fluent in Spanish.
Fluent in Portuguese. 


International public affairs professional with more than 10 years of public and private sector experience, first as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and currently as Deputy Director of Latin American Operations for the Motion Picture Association.I am experienced in developing team-based communications strategy and executing it through a broad range of messaging tools to achieve organizational goals.


Public affairs-oriented advocacy role in industry trade association, non-profit, or foundation. 


Media, new technologies, language-related software, literature, travel.


Certificate in Simultaneous Interpretation

Associação Alumni - Brazil

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