Fernanda Oliveira Costa
Executive Assistant/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 and national communities, most recently benefiting children through performance arts and young adults through events planning, leadership development, and community building. She is currently advocating for DREAMers (aka DACA recipients) by sharing resources and building networks.
Fernanda’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, collaboration, and equity is evident in her work. She is a dynamic and strategic thinker, a convener, and an experienced administrative professional. She is also known as creative and detail-oriented. She aspires to deepen in awareness, humility, tenacity, and grace in her journey of continuing to develop diligent and effective leadership and management capacity – for both local and global work.
Fernanda is a DACA recipient from Goiania, Goias, Brazil who migrated to the U.S. at the age of 15 with her mother and three sisters to escape poverty, and injustices and danger against girls and women in Brazil. Fernanda remained in the U.S. when her family returned to their country of origin 13 years ago due to challenges faced as immigrants in the US. Then, at 20 years of age, Fernanda believed she needed to stay to pursue education that would one day allow her to become a better advocate for justice and social change agent. Thanks to the DACA program, released as an executive order by president Obama in 2012, and the support of her communities, Fernanda is on a journey to finish her college degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Following on this, she is pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration on the Gender, Leadership & Public Policy track. She has also served on the Board of UMB’s Student Immigrant Alliance, for the third semester now. Additionally, she studies theology in her native language, Brazilian Portuguese. Fernanda has now resided in the greater Boston area for over 18 years.
Fernanda is an empathetic individual who endeavors to promote healing and restorative justice. Wherever she goes, Fernanda tries to cultivate social change and sustainability, and values justice that is founded in love. In her personal life, she considers living out her faith important, and deeply enjoys spending quality time with loved ones. Her other interests include reading, writing, dancing, running, hiking, traveling, and bringing hope and joy to the world around her.