Fernanda Oliveira Costa

Executive Assistant/Project Coordinator

As executive assistant to the president 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 and national communities. For several years, she volunteered as a young adult retreat director and group discussion facilitator in Lexington, MA, where her focus was on event planning, leadership development, and cultural development and change. For four years prior to that, in a low-income community, Fernanda acted as the director and choreographer for a free performance arts program that was designed to help children build collaborative skills, self-awareness and discipline, confidence, and to be affirmed of their dignity and worth.

Fernanda’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, collaboration, and equity is evident in her work. She is a dynamic and strategic thinker, a convener and 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 an empathetic individual who endeavors to promote healing and restorative justice. She is a psychology and public policy student at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). During her time at UMB, she served as UMB’s Student Immigrant Alliance advocacy and marketing coordinator. She also studies theology in her native language, Brazilian Portuguese, through EETAD. 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 friends and family. Her other interests include reading, writing, dancing, marathons, triathlons, hiking, traveling, and bringing hope and joy to the world around her.