Drew has had a ball at his feet since before he can remember. By the age of 12, he had traveled with his family to 6 continents, finding the game and connecting with kids who shared the same passion. In a small town in Morocco in 2005, Drew saw children playing pickup in a dangerous alley, inspiring him to start love.fútbol. Drew is driven by his gratitude and love for the game and travel, interest in economics and social enterprise, and belief in self-expression as an instrument for personal and community development.
Football was Mano’s ticket to a higher education in the United States, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a Masters Degree, with emphasis on International Development. Before love.fútbol, he coordinated Development through Sport programs from the Sahara Desert of Niger to the tropical forests of Haiti. Mano has accumulated 14 years of experience in the sports for development sector, leading projects in 12 different countries throughout the Americas, Caribbean and Africa.
Lari joined love.fútbol in 2015 after meeting part of the core team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. She's a Brazilian journalist, passionate about communications, books and digital culture. As head of Communications, she is responsible for our messaging and is the #10 maestro behind the #JogaPraElas campaign which shines a light on females playing the beautiful game. She's now based in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she is working on her Spanish and her fútbol skills.
Breno first remembers being amazed by football's incredible potential to mobilize people during the 2002 World Cup. Witnessing the festive atmosphere made up of green and yellow shirts in the streets of Brazil, made him realize that football was more than just a game -- it was about passion and community. He now holds a degree in Political Science and is studying Marketing in Montevideo, Uruguay. Breno has been a part of love.fútbol team since 2012, coordinating our efforts in fundraising and institutional development.
Pedro has been an internationalist and passionate about football as far as his memory goes. His relationship with love.fútbol began at a Náutico game, his local football club in Brazil, more than 5 years ago. Starting out as a volunteer, and then project apprentice, Pedro is now a Project Coordinator that has identified and mobilized communities in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. He views every project and community as an opportunity to exchange experiences, learn and grow together, which is his main goal within the organization.
Andrew joined love.fútbol in 2014 while living in Brazil for the year. Originally from New Jersey, he has Brazilian roots and a passion for the beautiful game, travel, and languages. He assists with the yearly love.fútbol fundraising initiatives and is the person that writes you back when you email firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently based just north of Boston, Massachusetts, he lives with his girlfriend and three cats.
Flavinho is a former professional football player who is passionate about social issues. He has been part of love.fútbol since it started in Brazil (2011) after meeting Mano Silva during a visit to the community football school he continues to run to this day.
At first, Gabi thought love.fútbol was just a new job opportunity, but being an executive secretary turned out to challenge her in unexpected ways and bring on great learning experiences as she took on new administrative and financial responsibilities. She is not even so passionate about football, but what fills her with pride is being part of an organization that goes beyond sports to overcome barriers and create joy through play for children all over the world.
Manoel S. Neto
Manoel a.k.a Manolo is from Recife, Brazil. Manolo studied Political Science in college, where he learned about love.fútbol through colleagues already working with the organization. Having been a passionate football fan from an early age, and with a deep interest in social work, love.fútbol allows Manolo to channel his passion for the game toward the good of the community.
Khoi B Phan, aka Khoizinho is from Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in product design, creative direction, user experience and brand identity. He worked in-house at the NFL and various guerrilla marketing agencies, currently with AKQA in New York, as a design lead on Nike.