We are an independent, non-profit organization working to strengthen democracy and make law- and policy-making in Latin America more transparent, representative and participatory. We achieve this by improving access to public information, and through the creation of spaces for legislators and politicians to engage and be influenced by outside specialists, civil society and the public at large.
To strengthen democracy and make parliaments, lawmaking and public policy in Latin America more open, transparent and representative, fed into and tracked by citizens.
Of robust, transparent democracy and institutions, and of parliaments that are able to exert control over other branches of government and respond to citizens’ needs.
Global Executive Director
Maria is Argentine and specialized in transparency and democratic institutions, two subjects in which Latin America faces interesting challenges. In 2008, after 10 years of work in the area, she created the Directorio Legislativo Foundation and since 2017 is its Global Executive Director, based in Washington, DC. She is also the author of the 10 editions of the book “Directorio Legislativo. Who are our legislators and how do they represent us in the Congress of Argentina”, covering from 1999 through 2019. She is also the founder of the Latin American Network for Legislative Transparency, composed of 24 civil society organizations from 13 countries in the region. Her tireless work for the promotion and defence of transparency in the governments of Latin America earned her the 2013 NDI Democracy Award for Civic Innovation. In addition, María is on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), is Secretary of the Board of Directors of CEDA Washington, member of the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and part of the Board of Directors of the Argentine Network for International Cooperation (RACI). She is a Fulbright-American Political Science Association (APSA) Fellow and a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). She studied journalism, has a Masters degree in International Relations at the Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science from the National University of General San Martín, Argentina. She loves outdoor life, plays women’s soccer, and lives with her husband Francisco and their three children, Violeta, Matilde and Ramón.
Noel Alonso Murray
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.
Director of Political Analysis Program
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. [email protected]
Director of Political Analysis Program
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).
Mercedes de los Santos
Director of Citizenry & Government Institutions Program
She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires with 5 years of experience in project management within the public sector. She worked coordinating, designing and implementing projects on transparency, open government, citizen participation and access to public information. Shee currently serves as a teacher in the Seminar on Political and Electoral Behavior at the University of Buenos Aires. In 2017 she joined the Legislative Board to play the role of coordinator of the Citizenship and Government Institutions area. [email protected]
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. [email protected]
Political Analysis Coordinator
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. [email protected]
Political Analysis Coordinator
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. [email protected]
Citizenry & Government Institutions PM
She is a lawyer with orientation in public international law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires. She served as an advisor in the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation. Integrates the Executive Committee of the Argentina Debate Association since 2012, where coordinates training and skills for teachers and secondary and university students. She was a volunteer at Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales. [email protected]
Citizenry & Government Institutions Coordinator
She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and a journalist (TEA). She has worked as an editor independently, in the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and in non-governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. She has volunteered as head of non-formal education activities with children and adolescents and communication workshops for young people. [email protected]
Juan Francisco Krahl
He is about to graduate in International Relations from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA). He has made a one-semester exchange at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has worked as an invigilator and supervisor in the Argentine Association for English Culture (AACI) and has volunteered in the European History Group of the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI). [email protected]
She has a degree in Government and International Relations from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE). In 2014 he made a study trip to New Zealand. Participated in different programs on parliamentary processes and non-profit organizations. [email protected]
Pablo García Baccino
He has a degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. He studied International Relations, specializing in problems of Latin American Regional Integration. In 2018 he joined the Legislative Directory as a Political Analyst for the southern section of Latin America. [email protected]
Citizenship & Government Institutions Assistant
She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and has completed the Diploma in Legislative Management of the Honorable Chamber of Deputies of the Nation, specializing in Legislative Policy. She is currently in a postgraduate course in FLACSO on Social Data Processing, and in her academic development she focuses mainly on studies with a gender perspective. [email protected]
He is about to graduate in Political Science (UBA). He has exhibited in several academic congresses on topics such as the European Union, and French politics. He has taken courses on international relations and electoral analysis both in the country and abroad. He has worked as an assistant for the University of Cambridge. [email protected]
She has a degree in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador and post-graduate studies in Social Anthropology at the University of San Martín. He worked for more than 12 years in the university field, focusing on international cooperation and management of evaluation and accreditation processes. Between 2016 and 2017, she was a legislative advisor in the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation.