Representative for Brazil and Uruguay
David Ivan Fleischer’s portfolio of grassroots development grants focuses on supporting indigenous peoples, quilombola communities and land reform. Recent projects also include several focusing on the environment and food security.
Before joining the IAF, David worked as the coordinator of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and as the executive director of the Brazilian Studies Association. He has also worked as a consultant for the Global Environmental Facility and held several posts at the United Nations Development Programme Brazil.
David holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University at Albany-State University of New York and a master’s and a bachelor’s in social anthropology from the University of Brasilia. He has conducted research in environmental conservation and community development projects in Brazil and Mexico. He is currently co-editing a book on ecotourism and conservation. David also teaches a graduate course as an adjunct professor at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.