Ruth Cardoso is Brazils First Lady and the President of the
Comunidade Solidaria" program, an organization that aims
to combat poverty and social exclusion in Brazil, through the promotion
of partnerships between government and civil society.
Cardoso received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of
São Paulo in 1972, and attended Columbia University as a
Fulbright scholar for post-doctoral studies.
Cardoso is a member of the Board of the United Nations Foundation.
She has also served on the editorial board of Novos Estudos, and
was a member of the Joint Committee on Latin American Studies of
the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of
has held academic positions at the Graduate Political Science Program,
University of São Paulo; the City and Regional Planning Department,
University of California, Berkeley; and the Center for Latin American
Studies at Cambridge University. In addition, Dr. Cardoso has been
both a researcher and director at the Brazilian Center of Analysis
and Planning, member of the Board of the Public Educational TV of
the state of São Paulo, a counselor at the National Council
of Women's Rights, and a member of the Independent Commission on
Population and Quality of Life.
Cardoso is the author of several articles on urban anthropology,
social movements and the Third Sector.