Leticia Phillips is Representative in North America of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA). UNICA is the leading trade association for the sugarcane industry in Brazil and represents nearly two-thirds of all sugarcane production and processing in the country. Due to an elaborate system of subsidies and trade barriers erected by the U.S. Congress, including a 54-cents-per-gallon tariff on imported ethanol and a 45-cents-per-gallon tax credit for blending ethanol with gasoline, sugarcane ethanol is effectively unavailable in the United States. This current policy expires December 31, 2011.
Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Phillips oversees UNICA's efforts to expand the North American ethanol and sugar markets. Prior to joining UNICA, Leticia was an Associate Director at the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. In that capacity, she had leadership in directing major policy advocacy activities. She liaised regularly with the U.S. Congress, senior representatives of the U.S. and Brazilian governments, Fortune 500 businesses, and multilateral institutions in Washington and throughout the region on a wide variety of U.S.-Brazil trade and investment issues.
Ms. Phillips has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC.