**Zinta Miezaine is IRM researcher for Latvia since 2012. Zinta is a public policy analyst, founder and the Board member of Association “Workshop of Solutions” that works for involvement of people in decision making processes in Latvia and abroad. She is the author of a number of policy analysis papers on associations and foundations, voluntary work, public participation, international tax policy and integration issues.

Zinta has more than 18 years of experience in the NGO sector on an international and national level. She has extended practical experience in official representation of Nongovernmental organizations and cooperation with public institutions, advocacy experience initiating and promoting draft laws with NGO relevance, writing opinions on policy papers and draft laws, defending opinions at various levels and lobbying. Zinta has on-set experience in introduction of new public participation mechanisms in Latvia including setting up administrative frameworks, cooperation practices and drafting legal documents.**