The Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) announced it has established an Advisory Council to guide and counsel its Board of Directors, propose new programs, and assess current programs.
“This Advisory Council will assist in furthering the PALCUS mission, giving the Portuguese-American community an even more audible voice and a more established seat at the table of immigrant communities who are thriving in the United States,” said Chair Katherine S. Soares in a written statement.
The roles of a PALCUS’ Advisory Council members are to: uphold the interests of the Portuguese community at the forefront when providing input, guidance, and recommendations; advocate for PALCUS when speaking with others in the Portuguese community; and assist the organization in advancing and implementing strategy and organizational development. Advisory Council members also will recommend nominees who can significantly contribute to the work of PALCUS and the organization’s progress.
The Advisory Council will be non-partisan and help advance the goals of PALCUS without voicing partisan political positions and without using PALCUS or affiliation with PALCUS to advance partisan political views.
The appointed Advisory Council Members, determined by the Board of Directors to serve in 3-year terms, are:
António Andrade, Signature Printing, Owner and CEO; Carolina Rendeiro, Connect2Global, Founder and CEO, Honorary Consul of Portugal; Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court; Christopher St. Victor-de Pinho, Managing Director and Group Head of Tax for the UBS Group; Daniel DaPonte, Managing Principal, Financial Advisor, Axis Advisors; Dr. Dulce Scott, Anderson University, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Co-Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies; Dr. Frank Sousa, UMass Lowell, Professor of Portuguese, Director of the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies; Dr. Miguel Coelho, The World Bank, Director, former Chief Economist at Portugal’s Ministry of Finances ; Dr. Paul Manuel, Senior Professor at American University and Director of the SPA Leadership Program; Dr. Paulo Costa, Head of 4G/5G Packet Core delivery Asia Pacific Region at Nokia; Dr. Rui Albuquerque, Boston College Carroll School of Management, Professor of Finance, Associate Editor Portugal based Jornal Económico; Justice Maria Araujo Kahn, Connecticut Supreme Court, Associate Justice; Manuel Geraldo, Principal in the law firm of Robinson & Geraldo; Maria João Viamonte, Dean and President of ISEP in Porto; Natália Luis, Co-CEO and Owner of MLuis Construction; Paul Afonso, American Petroleum Institute, General Counsel, Senior Vice President, and Chief Legal Officer; Sergio Ferreira, Chief FHA Underwriter at MassHousing; Silvia Curado, Leading scientist at NYU School of Medicine and president of PAPS; Stephan Morais, Indico Capital Partners, Managing General Partner, Business Management Executive and Investor, former Civil Engineer.
Founded in 1991, PALCUS is a non-partisan 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to serving the community by advocating for Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities, engaging with government, promoting greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments, encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States, creating a leadership network, and developing programming to advance educational and professional opportunities.
Source: Press Release.