Dear Members and Friends,

Once again, it’s the time of the year when we gather around the table with our families and pause to reflect that which we are thankful for. This year, in addition to family and friends, we are thankful for the privilege to serve our members as PALCUS’ Board of Directors. It’s an honor to work with dedicated and supportive members and committee volunteers.

As we enter our 30th year, we welcome your ideas and comments to enhance PALCUS’ ability to meet the needs of our community now and in the future. While we have made great strides forward, as always there is still work to be done—but when we come together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

This week’s Thanksgiving holiday offers a special opportunity to reflect on our many blessings and to be grateful for the gifts we have received. We are mindful of those less fortunate and struggling in our country and our world. Thanksgiving is an invitation to rededicate ourselves in our own special way that could make a difference to the most vulnerable members of our communities.

On this day, set aside for giving thanks, we express our gratitude to the men and women and their families who selflessly serve to protect our country and the American way of life. 

As we come to the end of 2020, the PALCUS Board and Staff would like to wish all of our members a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

We are thankful for our members; without you, there would be no PALCUS. 

We hope to have you with us in 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.


Angela Simões, Chairwoman

Board of Directors:
Katherine Soares (NY)
Anabela DaCruz-Mello (NJ)
Lisa Morris (RI)
Cynthia Russo (NJ)
Daniel da Ponte (RI)
Diniz Borges (CA)
John Bento (CA)
Jordan Thomas (NJ)
Ilidio Pereira (FL)
Laurinda Clemente (VA)
Manuel Geraldo, Sr. (MD)

PALCUS Mission

In order to create a singular voice to advocate for the Portuguese-American and Luso-American communities at large, the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States Inc. (PALCUS) was founded in 1991 as a non-partisan, non-profit, organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 
The PALCUS mission is to address domestic and international concerns of the Portuguese-American Community.
The Council conducts an expanding program of educational and public affairs activities on issues of interest to the Portuguese-American community and of salience to the Luso-American Relationship.
PALCUS is committed to serving the community through increasingly active government relations efforts, the promotion of a greater awareness of ethnic accomplishments and encouraging stronger ties between Portugal and the United States. In this role PALCUS advances the community professionally, politically and culturally while working to ensure that issues directly affecting our community are addressed through our network of government and community leaders.

PALCUS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the IRS tax code and incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia. Donations are tax deductible to extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged.
PALCUS has earned the 2019 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency. Visit our profile HERE
Contact Information

Phone: 202-466-4664

9255 Center St., Suite 404
Manassas, VA 20110