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Gisele Barreto Fetterman (Brazilian-American activist, philanthropist, and non-profit executive) Bio, Facts.

Gisele Barreto Fetterman
Born Name: Giselle Barreto Almeida
Date of Birth: February 27, 1982
Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): John Fetterman ​(m. 2008)​
Children: 3
Education: Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Organization founded: 412 Food Rescue
Gisele Barreto Fetterman (born February 27, 1982) is a Brazilian-American activist, philanthropist, and non-profit executive. She is a co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on eliminating food insecurity in the United States. As the wife of Lieutenant-Governor John Fetterman, she is the current Second Lady of Pennsylvania. A former undocumented immigrant, she is an outspoken supporter for immigration reform in the United States.

Early life
Gisele Barreto Fetterman was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When she was seven years old, Fetterman came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant with her mother and younger brother, taking up residence in a one-room apartment in New York City. They fled Brazil due to violent crime in their community. In New York the family lived in poverty, and furnished their apartment with furniture they found on the street. Fetterman said that her family often depended on food banks and thrift stores. Her mother, who had a Doctor of Philosophy degree from a Brazilian university and had worked as a nutritionist and educator, took jobs cleaning hotels and houses, and was denied pay often due to her status as an undocumented immigrant.

Fetterman did not speak English when she arrived in the United States, and enrolled in an English as a second language program at her school in Queens. The family later moved to Newark, New Jersey. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Fetterman received her green card in 2004 and became a citizen of the United States in 2009.

Activism and public life
As First Lady of Braddock, Pennsylvania, Fetterman founded The Braddock Free Store, a non-profit organization that provides local lower-income families with toys, diapers, baby formula, clothing, household items, and furniture. The organization serves close to 1,600 families per month. She started the Braddock Bench Project, focused on adding benches to local bus stops.

In 2015 Fetterman co-founded 412 Food Rescue, a non-profit organization focused on eliminating food insecurity and providing nutritional resources to families in need. The organization redistributed 2.5 million pounds of food in its first two years. She launched the Positive Parking Signs Project, a local initiative installing signs around local communities with sayings like "Follow Your Dreams" and "More Hugs Needed". Fetterman founded For Good PGH, a non-profit that advocates for diversity and inclusion. She also launched The Hollander Project, a business incubator for women entrepreneurs.

As a formerly undocumented immigrant, Fetterman supports immigration reform in the United States. She has pushed for the United States Congress to take "humane and compassionate" approaches to immigration, and petitioned that immigrant families should not be separated. She spoke in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for attempting to end the program. She also supports the legalization of marijuana in Pennsylvania and is a supporter of LGBTQ rights in the United States. She was named "Best Activist" by the Pittsburgh City Paper for her community involvement.

On June 20, 2018 she served as the emcee for World Refugee Day Pittsburgh. Earlier that month she spoke out about the Shooting of Antwon Rose Jr. Fetterman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Rose, who volunteered at one of her non-profits, was "just a really lovely, gentle kid" and "really special."

In 2019 Fetterman and her husband opened the pool at the Lieutenant Governor's Mansion, located on Fort Indiantown Gap, to children who would not normally have access to one. The residence, on property owned by the National Guard, is located about twenty-five miles from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Fetterman, whose family has chosen not to live at the official residence, runs a program teaching water safety at the pool.

She served as the host and honorary chairperson of the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Gala on September 28, 2019. The event, held at the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, raised money for the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Foundation Educational Fund. On October 29, 2019 she was the first woman recipient of the Rodef Shalom Congregation's Pursuer of Peace Award.

In February 2020 Fetterman criticized the company Amazon for selling an anti-immigration bumper sticker with the text "Fuck Off, We're Full" written on the shape of the continental United States. The sticker was described on the company's website as an "Anti Immigrant Vinyl Car Cumper Window Sticker." She Tweeted Amazon, asking the company to reconsider the "power and influence" of their platform. Amazon responded on February 3, 2020 stating they would remove the sticker from their website.

On March 6, 2020 Fetterman was a speaker at the YOUR HOUR, HER POWER luncheon at the Westmoreland Club, held in honor of International Women's Day. She took part in the 2020 Census Tour, speaking at Pennsylvania State University about the importance of filling out the United States Census.

In April 2020 Fetterman spoke about the importance of social distancing, and the power of community engagement, during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. In September 2020 Fetterman helped organize a shopping-spree event for women first responders.

Personal life
In 2007, Fetterman met John Fetterman, then the mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, after writing him a letter inquiring about the town's role in the steel industry. They were married the following year. The Fettermans have three children and live in a renovated loft in a former car dealership building, built in 1920, in Braddock.

Fetterman is close friends with Kim Kardashian. She endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.

Fetterman was the subject of an online controversy in February 2020 after her husband posted a picture to social media showing her in a Rio Carnival costume.

In August 2020, she spoke publicly about her use of medical marijuana to treat chronic back pain.

On October 11, 2020, Fetterman was verbally assaulted by a white woman at an Aldi grocery store, who used racial slurs and told Fetterman that she "did not belong here [in America]." She filmed the incident and posted the video on social media stating, "This behavior and this hatred is taught. If you know her, if she is your neighbor or relative, please, please teach her love instead."

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