Taciana Fonseca Marques, a 2010 Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy LLM Program graduate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, is working for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Currently Ms. Marques is stationed in Washington, D.C., where she provides legal advice on the bank's loans and guarantees.
Beginning in mid-2011, she will spend two years working in Brazil where she will be responsible for helping move forward transport infrastructure projects. Specifically she will serve as coordinator for the Government of Sao Paulo's Public Private Partnership Commission for Concessions for rail and subways.
Ms. Marques earned her Brazilian legal license and practiced law in the country before coming to study at the University of Denver.
Don C. Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, said, "It is thrilling for us at the Sturm College of Law to see Taciana in this key position at the IBD. The next several years will be exciting ones for Brazil, where the World Cup and the Olympics will soon take place. Ms. Marques' efforts to help develop additional infrastructure in her home country will benefit Brazil as well as all who will visit Brazil. We congratulate her on achieving this important position and extend our best wishes for her future success."
Established in 1959, the IBD is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, "with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability," according to the IBD.
While a regular bank in many ways, the IBD is also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, the bank provide grants, technical assistance, and does research. The IBD's shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.