BOARD OF DIRECTORS

NOPA’s governing Board of Directors represents the constituency it serves. Bylaws require that the Board include representatives of various geographic regions and nationality groups, that half the Board represent Affiliates or have identifiable constituencies, and that the Board include equal representation of men and women.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Founding Director
Francisco Semião, Director of Development, George Washington University Medical Center
Falls Church, VA
Bio

Chairman
José João Morais
Owner and Founder, Morais Group
Publisher of ComunidadesUSA Magazine
Manassas, VA

Vice-Chairman
Jason Moreira, Legislative Assistant, National Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Crofton, MD
Bio

Secretary
Mary Jo Rodrigues, Board Member, Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities
San Jose, CA
Bio

Treasurer
Tony Ferreira, Vice-President, Investment Operations, Freddie Mac
McLean, VA
Bio

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

At-Large Corporate Seat
Cidalia Akbar, President & Owner, American Hauling & Paving, Inc.
Bio

At-Large Club Seat
Ben Alves, President, VA Portuguese Club
Bio

Diniz Borges
President, Association of Portuguese Language Teachers of the United States and Canada
Portuguese Director, Institute for Azorean-American Studies
California

At-Large Nonprofit Seat
Helena Marques, Executive Director, Immigrants' Assistance Center, Inc.
Bio

Paul Matinho
Director of Operations, LusoAmericano Newspaper
New Jersey

At-Large Elected Official Seat
Jack Martins (R), Mayor, City of Mineola
Bio

At-Large Nonprofit Seat
Dina Matos, Executive Director, CARES Foundation
Bio

At-Large Elected Official Seat
Marc Pacheco (D), State Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Bio

At-Large Nonprofit Seat
Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
Bio

Ana Ginja Quillinan
Board of Directors, Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce
Marketing Strategist and Co-Founder, AMTM Consulting, LLC
New York

At-Large Corporate Seat
Joe Resendes, Vice President, Luso American Life Insurance Society
Bio

At-Large Nonprofit Seat
Mary Sousa, Executive Director, Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities
Bio

Advisory Council

NOPA benefits from the expertise of its Advisory Council in an effort to advance the interests of Portuguese Americans. This group of senior executives and liaisons provides NOPA’s executive director guidance and input on current matters, issues, and programs of concern.

Cremilde Araujo
Portuguese Embassy in Washington, DC
Bio

George Perry, PhD
Dean, College of Sciences and Professor of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio
Bio

Nuno Pinto
Alternate Executive Director, World Bank Group
Bio

John Manuel Dias
Chairman of the Board, Luso American Life Insurance Society
Bio

Frank Baptista
Director and Producer, Radio Voz do Emigrante
Bio