About us

Directorio Legislativo Foundation’s work started in 1999 as an independent project by two students of the University of Bologna (María Baron and Beatriz Guerra) who saw the need of accessing public information in the legislative branches.

Due to the lack of information about the Argentine Congress, they began a thorough work by creating a publication with information about each legislator, their work team, legislative activities, contacts, etc. In June 2000, the first “Directorio Legislativo del Congreso de la Nación” was launched and had very good acceptance from both legislators and citizens.

Thanks to the successive publications of “Directorios”, senators were forced to make their financial statements public.

In 2008, Directorio Legislativo obtained its legal status and became a nonprofit organization, which made possible the incorporation of new areas of work beyond Legislative Transparency, such as the Construction of Legislative Consensuses and Legislative Current Affairs.

Mission AND Vision

Mission

Directorio Legislativo Foundation is a nonpartisan organization, which promotes the strengthening of legislative branches of government and the consolidation of the democratic systems in Latin America, through dialogue, transparency and access to public information.

Vision

Representative and transparent legislatives that exercise their controlling function over other branches of government and are capable of responding to the needs of the citizenry.

Objectives

  • Promote deeper institutionalization, transparency and access to public information in legislatures.
  • Search, process, analyze and disseminate legislative information of public interest.
  • Create dialogue encounters which stimulate agreements between different social actors and legislators.
  • Improve civil society participation in the legislative process.
  • Encourage control mechanisms between branches of government.
  • Develop ICT tools that facilitate access to public information.

team

María Baron

María Baron

Executive Director

She is a journalist, with a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of Bologna, and is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the National University of San Martin. In addition, she won the NDI Democracy Award for “Civic Innovator”. She has worked in civil society organizations in both Argentina and abroad with the aim of reducing unethical practices of legislators and public officials. She is a Fulbright-APSA Congressional Fellow. She has published nine editions of the Legislative Directory:  Who our legislators are and how they represent us in the National Congress, as well as other publications related to Legislative Branch in general. She is a founding member of the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency and a member of the Steering Committee of Open Government Partnership.

Noel Alonso Murray

Noel Alonso Murray

General Director

She holds a degree in Political Science from the Catholic University of Argentina, and has obtained a Master in Public Policy at the FIAPP of Spain. For the past fifteen years, she has worked at Argentine civil society organizations and is the current General Director of the Foundation. She has coordinated a number of studies on Latin American legislative and political transparency.

Matías Pellegrini

Matías Pellegrini

Political Analysis Director

He studied Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, and mastered in Public Administration at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.
In 2011, he joined the Directorio Legislativo Foundation as an assistant in the area of Legislative news. He was an advisor at the National Direction of Academic Affairs at the Ministry of Justice between 2014 and 2015. Since october 2015, he has served as the Political Analysis Director at Directorio Legislativo.
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Sandra Rincón Lozano

Sandra Rincón Lozano

Assistant – Argentina Section

She has worked in media in Spain and Argentina. She majored in journalism at the Complutense University of Madrid, and currently specializes in Political Marketing at the University of El Salvador (USAL).
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Leandro Dominguez

Leandro Dominguez

Assistant – Argentina Section

He is a journalist, who studied Social Communications at La Plata University. He developed as a journalist in several media. He covers the National Congress activity as an certified journalist since 2012. He has developed several courses and seminars, regarding parliamentary activity and legislative processes. He performs as an editor at the Political Analysis area since July 2016.
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Dayanni Olivo

Dayanni Olivo

Latin American Coordinator

She studied Social Communication Technology at the Inpahu University Foundation, and received a degree in journalism from the Universidad de Los Libertadores in Colombia. She has written for local Colombian newspapers, and served one year as a volunteer in the journalistic production of the radio Sistema Vida Internacional. She was trained as a military war correspondent in the Colombia military forces, and obtained a diploma in Public Administration in District Oversight and Social Control. She is currently working on a Masters in Journalism and Media at the National University of La Plata (Argentina).
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Evelyn Sigot Pavón

Evelyn Sigot Pavón

Assistant – LatAm Section

She majored in Social Communications at the National University of Entre Rios (UNER). Currently, she holds a master’s degree in political science from the National University of San Martín (UNSAM). She worked as a journalist and parliamentary reporter in Entre Ríos, and has a background in tertiary teaching and adult education. In addition, she has completed an internship in environmental NGO’s and, in recent years, has worked as a political consultant, monitoring and analysis of the National Congress.
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Iván Vallejos

Iván Vallejos

Assistant – LatAm Section

He is a political analyst for the Universidad de Argentina de la Empresa (UADE), and is close to finish with his degree in Government and International Relations (UADE). He was a volunteer in the area of Legislative news at the Directorio Legislativo, and develops as an Assistant since MArch 2016. He joined the Africa and Middle East Commission as Editor-in-Chief at the RACEI Network.
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Agustina De Luca

Agustina De Luca

Legislative Transparency and Consensus Building Director

She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires. She volunteered in the areas of institutional policies and Government in Poder Ciudadano Foundation, and has spent the last five years in the Legislative Transparency area (first as assistant, then as Coordinator, and since 2015, as Director). She specializes in Open Government, transparency, and accountability, having attended several international courses, including one organized by the Organization of American States on “Strategies for Open Government in the Americas”.
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Cecilia Ramos

Cecilia Ramos

Legislative Transparency Assistant

She has an International Relationships degree from the Saint Andrew’s University. She has worked in international organizations such as the British Council in the projects’ management area for Argentina and Uruguay. She has developed as a volunteer in several civil society organizations such as CIPPEC and Techo.

Ángeles Lafuente

Ángeles Lafuente

Consensus Building Assistant

She has a Political Science degree from Buenos Aires University. She has developed as a volunteer in the Legislative Transparency área of Directorio Legislativo during 2016. She is a reseasrcher in the Research Group of Political Science “Multilevel Political Coalitions in Latin America” and in the Modernization Policies Research Group. Moreover, she is a teacher at the Policial Science Basis (Galván cathedra) at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires.

Paula Pissaco

Paula Pissaco

Communications

She is finishing up a major in Social Communications from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and has worked in various sectors, performing communications and digital marketing tasks.  Over the last four years she has worked in civil society organizations as an analyst of institutional communication at the Leloir Institute. She attended several courses on communications and digital marketing aimed at social organizations. Since January 2016, she has been responsible for institutional communication of Directorio Legislativo.
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