Who we are
We are an independent non-profit organization working for over 10 years to strengthen democracies in Latin America. We believe legislatures should be representative, engaging and responsive to the needs of citizens.
We consolidate the region’s institutions through dialogue between different actors: public, private, academic and civil society.
We work to promote transparency and access to public information to pursue stronger congresses, legislatures and/or parliaments.
Global Executive Director
Maria is a journalist and holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universitá Degli Studi di Bologna. She is the founder of Directorio Legislativo, co-chair of the Open Government Alliance, Secretary to the Board of Directors of CEDA Washington, member of the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Program, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Argentine Network for International Cooperation. She is also a fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow of the National Endowment for Democracy. In addition, she is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Universidad Nacional General San Martín, Argentina.
Noel Alonso Murray
Noel has a degree in Political Science from Universidad Católica Argentina and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from FIAPP in Spain. She jointy founded Directorio Legislativo, where she has been working for 15 years. She has directed numerous programs to promote government transparency and anti-corruption, both in Argentina and across Latin America. She has also led studies on legislative transparency and regulatory trends in the region.
Director of Policy Analysis for Latin America - Northern Section
Coordinator of Latin America Policy Analysis - Southern Section
Mónica Pachon Buitrago
Professor and researcher in institutional design and presidentialism in Colombia.
Director of Strategic Communications at Fundación Avina.
Cristiano Ferri Faria
Director of the Hacker Laboratory of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil.
Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Epidemiological Research of the National Academy of Medicine of Argentina.
Jorge Abraham Soto Moreno
Co-founder and CTO of Miroculus.
Joel Salas Suarez
Commissioner of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data
HOW WE ARE FINANCED
Under the premise that democracies need their citizens to be informed and active around politics and government, we have developed a social enterprise activity which consists of providing policy and regulatory analysis, information and training services. Currently, this activity spans 21 Latin American countries.
The benefits of this include more independence and leeway for us in delivering our democracy strengthening mission and ensuring public institutions and processes become more effective, transparent, accountable, accessible and inclusive. No single donor entity, industry or sector can account for more than 30% of our total funding – to prevent any outsized influence on our institutional decision making or financial stability.