About Casa Fluminense

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

lawyer and professor of the Institute for Urban and Regional Planning and Research (IPPUR – UFRJ)

Antonio Oscar

President of the Observatório de Transparência e Controle Social of Niterói Binho Cultura

Binho Cultura

Writer, social scientist and entrepreneur. Creator of the Festa Literária da Zona Oeste (Flizo)

Clarisse Linke

Director of the Institute for Transport and Development Policies – Brazil

Danielle Francisco

Journalist, cultural producer at Terreiro de Ideias and co-founder of Gomeia Galpão Criativo

Eliana Sousa e Silva

Director of Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré

Eloisa Torres

Environmental engineer and independente consultant on basic sanitation issues

José Marcelo Zacchi

General Secretary of the Group of Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises (GIFE) and ex-general coordinator of Casa Fluminense

Pedro Strozenberg

Executive Secretary of the Institute of Religious Studies (Iser)

Conselho Consultivo

Gabriela Yamaguchi

journalist, project manager and Communications and Engagement Director and WWF-Brazil

Alberto Paranhos

Urban economist, with a post-graduate degree in Economy of Underdevelopment from the University of Paris (Panthéon-Sorbonne); specialist in urban growth management (World Bank Institute)

Luis Fernando Valverde

Architect and urbanista, PhD Geography, member of the council of the Institute of Brazilian Architects (Rio de Janeiro nucleus)

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!