Sylvana Ehrman, our President, has a political science degree from L’Ecole des Sciences Politiques de Paris and a degree in literature from the University of Lisbon. She is a graduate gemologist and co-founder of the Brazilian Institute of Gemology, Sao Paulo and, in conjunction with Sao Paulo’s art museum, organized an exhibit on “Brazilian Gems and Jewelry.” She was Smithsonian Cultural Liaison for Italy and Portugal during the 1976 Washington, DC Bicentennial celebration. During her husband’s Foreign Service career, she assisted Peruvian anthropology Professor Amat with research on the Chavin civilization and was a docent at the Ayala Museum, Manila. She speaks French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.