I have skills and knowledge derived from a unique professional path that has provided me with rich experiences and diverse perspectives from around the world. In 2016, I returned to the US after spending about a decade in Brazil, where I worked as a linguist, consultant and journalist, researching and writing about food and agriculture and related social and environmental issues.
Tired of working for myself, non-profits and social movements, in the US, I landed a role in due diligence at Dow Jones, where I harnessed my acumen for investigative research and foreign language skills. In my current role at MUFG Bank N.A., I am working to assist the bank in responding to a consent order imposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and interface with colleagues at all levels of the firm to protect it from money laundering and financial crimes. I feel very fortunate to have created an interesting and promising career path in the corporate world during the past four years.
I now seek opportunities in which I can combine my knowledge of food and agriculture systems to help companies and organizations mitigate environmental and social risks (ESR). We live in an extraordinary time. The challenges humanity faces are immense. Yet the threats we confront simultaneously present opportunities for positive change. In this context, I believe that food and agriculture are fundamental.
In 2019, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on climate change and land use that states that agriculture, deforestation and other land uses generate about one-third of human greenhouse gas emissions, including more than 40% of methane. While industrial agriculture destroys the environment and communities, agrobiodiverse, local and sustainable food systems based on small and medium farms can cool the planet, nourish all of its inhabitants, and build vibrant local, regional and national communities and economies.
In conjunction with ESR, I am developing Airbnb and food and farm side hustles at my house in the Catskill Mountains of New York. I enjoy working on my house, being outside, exercising on my spin bike and practicing yoga, procuring and cooking healthy food, gardening and learning about medicinal plants.