About the house

Who We Are

Casa Fluminense is an association established in 2013 by activists, researchers and citizens who share the vision of a socially just, democratic and sustainable Rio de Janeiro. To achieve this vision, Rio’s political agenda needs to be open to social participation and it must be aimed at its entire territory and population, i.e. at the 21 municipalities and 12 million inhabitants that make up the Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Region (RMRJ) – and not just mainly at the central areas of its capital city.

We function as the hub of a network of people and organizations dedicated to fostering shared initiatives aimed at promoting equality, democracy and sustainable development in the “metropolitan city” of Rio.


Our associates – individuals – and partners – organizations and collectives – are, in fact, Casa Fluminense, and they define the thematic and regional focuses of our network’s actions. Casa Fluminense is always open to teaming up with organizations dedicated to a more just, democratic, and sustainable Rio. Take a look at who is already part of the network:


Casa Fluminense is structured as a non-profit civil society organization that is independent and non-partisan. Casa’s larger network is its key component and the planning cycles are open for all of its members to participate and have a say. The Executive Coordination, or Executive Nucleus, is responsible for supporting the activities inside the network. The Executive Coordination is supported by the Associates Council, which is elected every three years.

The Board of Directors

Alex Magalhães

Jurista e professor do Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano e Regional (IPPUR-UFRJ)

Antonio Oscar

Presidente do Observatório de Transparência e Controle Social de Niterói

Binho Cultura

Escritor, Cientista Social e Empreendedor. Idealizador da Feira Literária da Zona Oeste (Flizo)

Clarisse Linke

Diretora do Instituto de Políticas de Transporte e Desenvolvimento (ITDP-Brasil)

Danielle Francisco

Jornalista, produtora cultural da Terreiro de Ideias e co-fundadora do Gomeia Galpão Criativo

Eliana Sousa e Silva

Diretora da Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré

Eloisa Torres

Engenheira ambiental e consultora independente para temas de saneamento básico

José Marcelo Zacchi

Secretário Geral do Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas (GIFE) e ex-coordenador geral da Casa Fluminense

Pedro Strozenberg

Bacharel em Direito, é secretário executivo do Instituto de Estudos da Religião (Iser)

Conselho Consultivo

Gabriela Yamaguchi

Jornalista, gerente de projetos e diretora de engajamento do WWF-Brasil

Alberto Paranhos

Economista urbano, pós-graduado em Economia do Subdesenvolvimento na Universidade de Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne) e especialista em gestão do crescimento urbano (Instituto de Desenvolvimento Econômico do Banco Mundial).

Luis Fernando Valverde

Arquiteto e Urbanista, PhD Geografia, integrante do Conselho Consultivo do IAB/RJ Núcleo Leste Metropolitano.

Núcleo Executivo

Henrique Silveira

Vitor Mihessen

Aline Souza

Douglas Almeida

Inés Alvarez-Gortari

Yasmin Monteiro

Larissa Amorim

Larissa Cunha

Suellen de Oliveira

João Pedro Martins


After Casa Fluminense’s founding, the initial associates dedicated themselves to fleshing out a long-term strategic approach to carry out the network’s mission, and depended on the great energy of volunteer engagement. After this initial stage, the following institutional management dynamics count on annual planning and reporting cycles, with permanent channels that allow anyone in the network to share information and present suggestions on a day-to-day basis. Check out the reports here!

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