Dr. Mauro William Barbosa de Almeida played a leading role in establishing the “Universidade da Floresta” in Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil—the initiative that inspired The School of the Forest | Miami Campus. He is a professor emerita of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at the Center for Rural Studies of the State University of Campinas. Currently, he heads an international project on the role of indigenous family farmers as producers of agricultural biodiversity, while organizing the defense of traditional communities in Central Brazil, Acre, and the Atlantic coast.