Born in Jequié, a municipality in Southwestern Bahia, Leila Brito has a bachelor degree in Social Work from Catholic University of Salvador (Ucsal) and a graduate degree in Hospital Management from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). In 1992, while majoring her graduation, she joined José Silveira Foundation for a intership on Calabar Project. Due to her notable work, she was effectively employed at the institution. Followed by her highlighted performance, she was designated to take charge of the Social Work Coordination.
With professional qualification and commitment, she has trodden a successful path at José Silveira Foundation and since then has embraced new projects. Among other accomplishments, throughout the 1998-1999 biennium she became a member of the State Council of Social Work. In 2009 Professor Maria Theresa de Medeiros Pacheco, the then chair of the Trustees, named Leila as superintendent of José Silveira Foundation in recognition of her competence and pledge under values and ethical principles governing the institution.
As FJS superintendent Leila has promoted important achievements always in accordance with guidelines established by the instituition Trustees. Among many progresses, her management saw the implantation of Strategic Planning; the partnership for technical-scientific exchange with the Association for Children Disability Care (AACD); the resumption of scientific research; and the revitalization of FJS Research Center with important initiatives such as the Report Brasil international wide-ranging research, which features a modern biorepository that collects and stores information regarding the cure among the patients and the active tuberculosis incidence within contacts.
Still, Leila is responsable by the amplification of IBIT Tuberculosis Control Programme, which subsequently resulted in an accord of technical cooperation with São Paulo City Hall, and by restructuring of Rehabilitation Institute of Bahia (IBR), which was provided with a multi-sports gymnasium featuring pools and indoor court. Furthermore, her trajectory is also marked by expanding FJS legacy, such as the inauguration of Holy House Saint Jude Thaddeus Hospital (Santa Casa Hospital São Judas Tadeu) in Jequié, and Pestalozzi Center for Rehabilitation in Salvador.
With the use of Mobile Units equipped with consultation rooms for free medical assistance and complementary services in health fairs and task-force campaigns happening in many municipalities of Bahia, she provided impetus to the development of the Health and Citizenship Project. Under Leila Brito’s management José Silveira Foundation consolidates its activities as one of philanthropic institutions of national reference and through good practices coupled with advancements on health and social indicators.