Co-founder of Raízes, Mariana has a wide experience in management of collaborative projects, sustainable tourism and dialogue with traditional communities, Enjoying to formulate strategies in order to bring collective dreams into reality, she’s always showed interest in cultural diversity, photography, maps, history and stories. Mariana is counselor at Bagagem Project (NGO for Community Based Tourism fostering in Brazil) and before she founded Raizes, she worked at a public Institution and local associations that promote tourism development. As someone who seeks new experiences, Mariana has already lived in the USA, Italy, Sao Paulo, Vitoria, Pará (Amazonia) and currently she lives in Rio de Janeiro. Despite this she most certainly belongs to Minas Gerais.


  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Team management
  • Assertive non-violent communication
  • Optimism and persistence

Academic Background

  • Doctorate in Social Ecology and Community Psychosociology (UFRJ)
  • Masters in History and Social Fundamentals of Architecture and Urbanism (USP)
  • MBA in Social Enterprise Management (Dom Cabral Foundation)
  • Specialist in Urban Planning (PUC-MG)
  • Undergraduate degree in Tourism (UFMG)

Projects of Raizes that she’s been part of