Larissa Da Silva is the Global Partnerships Manager at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Ms. Da Silva has over 14 years of professional experience. Working in WRI Washington D.C. office since 2010, she has a successful track record of managing large-scale multinational and multi-sectoral projects, building productive relationships and navigating complex issues in culturally diverse settings. Ms. Da Silva was a key player in the creation of the Latin American Association of Integrated Transport Systems and Bus Rapid Transit (SIBRT), participating in the development of its organizational structure and strategy, as well as leading its legal incorporation in Colombia and in Brazil, and the organization of its trainings, workshops and international conferences. She was also the organization’s Operations and Project Manager and elected Treasurer for 3 years.
Currently, Ms. Da Silva is the main liaison of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities with strategic donors in the U.S and abroad, and provides project oversight & management expertise to projects linked to large and complex grants in the multi-million dollar range. Her responsibilities include developing project content and timelines, expected outcomes, project monitoring, and reporting. She is also the lead organizer of the annual Transforming Transportation Conference, an international convening for sharing city experiences and capacity building that WRI co-organizes in partnership with the World Bank in Washington, DC yearly.
Originally from Brazil, Ms. Da Silva is a native speaker of Portuguese and fluent in English and Spanish. Additionally, she holds two master's degrees in Diplomacy and International Relations, and Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University, USA. She earned an MBA in Foreign Trade and International Negotiation from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil, and holds a certificate in Strategic and Political Studies from the High War School in Brazil.