Marilia Bezerra


Marilia served as a Co-Executive Director of Synergos, a global organization pioneering the use of bridging leadership, which builds trust and collaboration to solve complex problems, through August 2022. She also led the organization’s Global Philanthropist Circle to direct family philanthropy and social investments towards mitigating social issues in geographies globally.

Marilia serves as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at Synergos, a global organization building trust and collaboration to dismantle systems that create the most urgent problems of our time: poverty, social injustice, and climate change. She was the founding partner and now board member of CARE Enterprises Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of CARE focused on creating gender justice through impact investment. She is also a board member of Breakthrough, an organization using media, arts and culture working to transform gender norms to build a more loving world.

Previously, she had founded and lead Aldeia Works, a boutique consulting firm focused on supporting philanthropists, corporations and nonprofits in the creation of meaningful social impact. Before Aldeia, Marilia helped develop partnerships and managed the rapid growth of Purpose.com, a company using new media to deploy the collective power of millions of citizens and consumers to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. One of her career highlights was her work as a member of the executive leadership at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), serving as the Director of Commitments. During her five years working with President Clinton, she took a central role in building the organization from its start-up phase to the successful catalyst for action and global convening body it become. In New York, Marilia also served as the business and financial manager for AEA Consulting, a management consulting company with a client base of leading nonprofit cultural organizations throughout Europe and the Americas.

Marilia received a master’s of science degree (with distinction) in global affairs from New York University in 2007, and received her law degree from the Federal University of Ceará in 1996. Before graduating, she founded the Andanças Art School, an institution dedicated to providing art education which connected children from both the most and the least privileged areas of her native Fortaleza. During her early career, she also deeply engaged in political activism as a student union leader and manager of political and advocacy campaigns.