Alumna Flávia Leite is back in Brazil working as an advisor for São Paulo Parcerias, a mixed capital company linked to the municipality of São Paulo. But she hasn’t left New York and The New School behind.

The path Flávia took that allows her to work in Brazil, yet keep a connection to New York City and The New School, is an interesting one. While studying for her Master’s degree in Public and Urban Policy at the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, Flávia participated in the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) Public Policy Fellow Program. The work she developed there on the topic of urban financing caught the attention of Bridget Fisher, Associate Director at The New School’s Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA). That led to an invitation to research the financing structure and impacts of the Hudson Yards Project in New York City and a working paper, co-authored with Fisher, documenting the costs of the project that was featured in Gothamist, an editorial by the New York Post, and an opinion piece in Gotham Gazette.

The journey that led Flávia to Milano and her current role as a research associate at SCEPA really began in her undergraduate days at University of São Paulo where she studied Economics. While investigating more heterodox approaches, she first came across The New School.  Then in 2014, Flávia represented the Brazilian urban planning consultancy P3Urb at the World Urban Forum in Medellin. There she was introduced to The New School’s Public and Urban Policy program at Milano and discovered exciting new approaches to urban policy by a new generation of international scholars, activists, and professionals.

Flávia recalls on learning about Milano, “I was very impressed with its progressive principles and its hands-on approach. At that moment I decided to apply.” We are so glad she did.