Fernanda Oliveira Costa
Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator
As the Executive Assistant to the President of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) and Project Coordinator, Fernanda supports the smooth and efficient operations of IISC’s board of directors, president and leadership team. Prior to her work at IISC, Fernanda provided executive and office assistance at Jenzabar. In addition, Fernanda has dedicated a significant amount of time and effort towards volunteer work in her local communities. For several years, she volunteered as a young adult discussion group facilitator and retreat director in Lexington, MA. She also acted as the director and choreographer for a free performance arts program that served children of a low-income community in Framingham, MA.
Fernanda has an evident commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, collaboration, and equity in her work. She is a dynamic and strategic thinker, activist, organizer, inspirational leader, and experienced administrative professional. She is also known for being outstandingly creative and detail-oriented. Fernanda is a compassionate individual who cares deeply about people and humanitarian efforts. She aspires to grow in awareness, humility, service, tenacity, and grace in her aim for diligent advocacy and development of administrative and leadership skills – for both local and global work.
Fernanda resides just west of Boston. She is a first-generation college student, having earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a concentration in Psychology with honors from Middlesex Community College, and now enrolled as a psychology and public policy student at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). There, she served as UMB’s Student Immigrant Alliance advocacy coordinator. Wherever she goes, Fernanda endeavors to learn and nurture positive social change, and values justice and faithfulness that are founded in love.
Above all, Fernanda values quality time with family and friends and loves spending free time outdoors. Her other interests include ballet & modern dancing, marathons, triathlons, hiking, traveling and bringing joy to the world around her.