Teresa holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy, specializing in agriculture policy. Prior to joining The Sustainability Consortium, she worked for 5 years as a research assistant at the University of Arkansas conducting research in food and agriculture policy. She also worked as a legal consultant in Fayetteville for Kramer Detergents, Inc., where she was responsible for advising the company on legal issues related to the chemical industry regulations and on the implementation of the corporate social responsibility.