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Jana Nelson

Global Fellow


March 18, 2019

Full Biography

Ana Janaina Nelson (Jana) is a Brazil policy and U.S.-Brazil relations analyst. From 2010 to 2015, Jana served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the United States Department of State, working on the bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil.  For the U.S. government, she also worked in the U.S. Senate as a Foreign Policy advisor for Senator Barbara Boxer, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After leaving government, Jana was Vice-President for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean at Speyside Corporate Relations, a multinational government relations firm.

Jana received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in International Relations from University of Brasilia.  Jana is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish and French. In Latin America, Jana has lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. She has offered frequent commentary and analysis of Brazil-U.S. issues in the media, including in the New York Times, Vox, and Folha de S. Paulo.