Cleia Noia

Senior Legal Counsel


Cleia Noia is the SSRC’s senior legal counsel. She received her law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Brazil and her master’s degree in law and diplomacy, with a focus on international development, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Council in February 2014, Cleia worked as a corporate lawyer in Brazil and consulted on Brazil’s drug policy for the Open Society Foundations. During her years at the SSRC, she has also worked on the programmatic side: between 2014-2021, she was associate director of the Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program, which supported research on drugs in Latin America and the Caribbean with a goal of producing evidence-based knowledge to inform drug policy in the region and beyond; more recently, she was deputy director of the SSRC/NEH Sustaining Humanities Infrastructure Program (SHIP), a collaboration between the SSRC and the NEH to award grants supporting the full spectrum of humanities infrastructure to humanities organizations seeking relief and planning for recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is admitted to law practice in São Paulo and California, and registered as in-house counsel in New York.