Born in Santos, Brazil, Kely Nascimento-Deluca is the eldest daughter of Brazilian soccer legend Pelé. Pelé moved his family to Manhattan in 1975 to play for the NYCosmos and Kely remained a New Yorker ever since. Kely attended the Parsons School of Design and has worked as an editorial, portrait and social commentary photographer, creative director and producer of multi-media and art projects . During the 2014 World Cup, hosted by her native Brazil for the first time since 1950, Kely documented her father in a video blog for which she created daily content chronicling his experience and giving the world a peak at The Real Pelé (FB @therealpele) . The Real Pelé was broadcast by major television stations worldwide. Kely is currently working on a documentary and a global multi-platform initiative to promote women’s soccer and equality around the world and is a proud Ambassador for the Global Goals World Cup. Kely currently lives in NYC with her husband, 4 children and 9 chickens.
Kely’s Op Ed regarding the Iranian Stadium Ban
Justin co-founded Agon Creative, a NYC/LA based production company that specializes in short-form content for ad agencies and globally-known brands, including Schick Hydro, Playtex, USA Networks, YG Entertainment and Redbox. In 2016, Noto served as production director for the launch of ONErpm Studios in Brooklyn, NY where he created and produced the 2017 Taste Award winning original online series, Buggin’Out with Chef PV.
Independently, Noto has produced and directed video content for Pelé, School of Visual Arts, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ford Motors, KIA Motors and more. He is a film graduate of NYC’s School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Susie DeLellis Petruccelli:
Susie is a former Harvard women’s soccer player, youth coach and author of her prize winning memoir, Raised a Warrior: One Women’s Soccer Odyssey. Through her work as an author and activist, she not only has intimate knowledge of the issues surrounding gender inequality in sports and soccer, but has extensive contacts throughout soccer. She works with the Coaches Across Continents’ ASK for Choiceteam, which uses play to develop attitudes, skills and knowledge to inform choices for women, men and communities. She played with CAC’s ASK for Choice team at the Global Goals World Cup in New York in 2017 and The Equality League’s team in 2019. Susie also invests in female founded projects and start ups like Build & Imagine, a female owned toy company that designs STEM building toys for girls. Previously she worked in technology with extensive experience in programming, systems administration and web design. She lives in Long Island with her husband, also a former Harvard soccer player, their three children and their dog, Otis.
Catherine is a development financier specializing in climate change mitigation and gender equality. Catherine’s passion is the nexus between finance and development, climate resiliency and women. After working overseas for development banks, Catherine transitioned to UNDP, where her most recent project is the Spotlight Initiative, a USD 500m project to combat violence against women. As Warrior’s Social Impact Producer, Catherine designs and manages the film’s Social Impact Campaign, including its global projects and partnerships.
An eco-feminist, Catherine has a particular passion for small-scale wetland restoration projects, restoring healthy habitat and revitalizing coastlines. She is often found in her muck boots in the marsh! Catherine holds an MA in Economic Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and BAs in Political Science and Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She lives in Douglaston, NY with her husband, three sons and two boy dogs