Meet our Team

  • Gregory Michener, Associate Professor FGV-EBAPE

    Michener has been professor at the FGV since 2012 where he began work on creating the Public Transparency Program in 2013. During the course of his Ph.D., which focused on explaining the relative strength of freedom of information (FOI) laws throughout Latin America, Michener played a role in the Brazilian movement for the creation of a national FOI law. At the same time, he helped the Commercial Association of Rio de Janeiro raise awareness and support for a tax transparency law. Both laws were ultimately enacted, the former in 2011 (12.527), and the latter in 2012 (12.741). His research focuses on the measurement, determinants, impacts, politics and policy commitments associated with transparency and FOI laws in Latin America. His research has been published in the Journal of Democracy,Governance, Public Administration Review, and World Development, among others. For more information, please visit his FGV academic profile or his personal website.

  • Bernardo Schwaitzer, Researcher

    Lawyer graduated from FGV Direito-Rio and Master in Education from the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio), in addition to a bachelor's degree in History from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF). Its research agenda, focus on the implementation and responsibility of public policies, especially educational, and the development of state resources. Participates in the Public Transparency Program since 2019, and is part of the Implementation Network for Public Educational Policies (REIPPE).

  • Eduardo Bizzo, Researcher

    Eduardo Bizzo is a PhD candidate in Administration at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EBAPE) and an economist at the National Bank for Economic and Social Development. He holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EBAPE), a specialization degree in Environmental Management from the Environment Center of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), and is a graduate in Economic Sciences from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). His research interests are focused on topics related to collaborative governance, public policies, environment, the Amazon, and education.

  • Evelyn Contreras, Researcher

    Evelyn Contreras is a Bachelor in Economics & Engineering, having graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería de Perú. She has 6 years of professional experience, working mostly as a strategic planning consultant for private and public sector institutions in Peru, such as the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, the Ministry of Education, the Supervising Body for Investment in Energy and Mining, the Supervising Organ for Investment in Telecommunications, and the mining companies Xstrata-Tintaya, Anglo American Quellaveco, and Lumina Copper, among others. Currently she is pursuing a Masters’ degree in Administration, specializing in government at FGV-EBAPE.

  • Ian Araujo, Research Assitant

    Ian Vaz Araujo holds a degree in Social Sciences from CPDOC FGV, with further training in International Relations. He has been working as a research assistant in the Public Transparency Program at FGV since 2023, assisting with the analysis of public data. His research interests focus on public policies and research methodology.

  • Irene Niskier, Researcher

    Irene is a Bachelor in Social Sciences with a minor in International Relations from CPDOC – FGV, and pursuing a degree in Journalism from UFRJ. She was assistant researcher of this project from in 2014 and 2015.

  • Jonas Coelho, Researcher

    Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from FGV-Direito Rio, Jonas took part in Fundação Getúlio Vargas’ 1st Public Policy Laboratory and was a member of the winning team in a competition to create applications to help the efficiency of the Brazilian judiciary, sponsored by AJUFE and IBRAJUS. Now in his third year with the PTP, Jonas has taken part in several public transparency audits undertaken by the Transparency Evaulation Network. 

  • Natalia Rodrigues, Researcher

    Natalia Ferreira Rodrigues has been a National Treasury Attorney for 16 years, having worked on activities related to the collection of the Union's Active Debt, and for the last 7 years, managing the Union's Active Debt and the FGTS. She is a PhD candidate in Administration at FGV-EBAPE, holds a master's degree in Public Administration from FGV-EBAPE, sponsored by PGFN/FGTS, and a law degree from UERJ. Her research agenda involves the transparency of tax expenditures and fiscal benefits, especially those related to the public policy of fiscal recovery (Refis).

  • Pedro Bizzotto, Research Assitant

    Pedro Maia Bizzotto is in his 9th term of Law studies at FGV Direito Rio, with a focus on Privacy and Technology, and research on judicial decisions involving LGPD. He has been a research assistant for the Public Transparency Program since 2023, updating the article "Conspicuous Non Compliance."

  • Rafael Felizardo, Researcher

    Rafael Felizardo Ferreira is a master's student in Regulatory Law at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and a Law degree from the Dom Hélder Câmara Superior School (ESDHC). His research interests focus on the relationship between control institutions and public administration as well as the application of empirical methodologies in legal studies.

  • Tássia Cruz, Researcher

    Tassia Cruz is a professor at FGV EPPG and is an executive manager of the Center of Excellence and Innovation in Educational Policies (FGV EBAPE).  Tassia holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, a Master's Degree in Economics from Stanford, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Her research concentrates on education policy in Brazil, particularly on education finance, teacher labor markets, technology in education, and impact evaluations to improve pedagogical practices and student learning.