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Marco Antonio Ávila Lavanal

EDUCATION MINISTER

Marco Antonio Ávila Lavanal is a Spanish language teacher with undergraduate and master’s degrees in education, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical innovation. He also has graduate studies in governance, public policy, and educational leadership.

Since 2001, he has been a secondary school teacher of language and communication and is head of the Secondary School Teaching Unit (UTP) at Fundación Belén Educa. As a classroom teacher, he earned the Pedagogical Excellence Designation and was a member of the Red de Maestros de Maestros (Teachers of Teachers Network). In 2007, he was chosen as one of Revista Sabado magazine’s 100 leaders, as a representative of the educational sphere.

From 2008 to 2012, he served as educational improvement advisor to Fundación Chile’s Mejor Escuela (Better Schools) program. In 2013- 2015, he was director of Escuela Básica Emprender in the Puente Alto municipality. During this time, he was awarded a fellowship by the Education Ministry’s Directors of Excellence Program to study Educational Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto (Canada).

From 2015 to 2018, he served as vice-coordinator, then national coordinator, of secondary education in the Education Ministry’s General Educational Division.

In 2019, Minister Díaz joined Fundación Chile’s School Improvement Team as head of school improvement projects. 

He has been an active member of the Revolución Democrática party since 2015. He was responsible for the creation of the party’s education committee in 2017 and has been coordinator of the education committee since 2020. 

From April 2021 onward, he was responsible as party representative for the education platform of President Boric’s candidacy, and then provided support to the Plan de Gobierno team until the election.

He was born in the San Miguel municipality to his parents, Marta and Enrique. He enjoys reading books on philosophy and politics, as well as historical biographies. His playlist always includes Aretha Franklin, Jorge Drexler, and Santa Feria.

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Verónica Figueroa Huencho's portrait

Verónica Figueroa Huencho

HIGHER EDUCATION UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Figueroa has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Universidad de Chile and has a doctorate in administrative sciences from ESADE-Universitat Ramón Llull (Spain), and a post-doc from the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University (USA). She has been a visiting scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (USA).

She has researched and published papers on governance in intercultural contexts and indigenous public policy design and implementation, leading FONDECYT and similar projects in this area. She served on the senate of her university as a representative of the Universidad de Chile’s interdisciplinary institutes for the 2018-2022 term. In 2020, she became the first woman and person of Mapuche origin to serve as vice president of the Universidad de Chile Senate and was reelected for a second term. She has served as coordinator of the United Nations Global Compact, based in Barcelona (2004-2006), director of the Universidad de Chile’s School of Government and Public Management (2013-2015), coordinator of the Curricular Modernization Committee in the Universidad de Chile’s Public Administration program, and coordinator of the committee to support the creation of a Public Administration program at the Universidad de O’Higgins.

She has been a member and chair of different committees on sexual harassment and violence at the university, and others related to the promotion of indigenous rights. She has been a university lecturer, a tutor in the PACE and SIPEE equitable access programs, and a mentor for women and indigenous women leaders, teaching courses, workshops, and seminars on intercultural understanding and social harmony in contexts of diversity.

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Gabriel Bosque Toro

Subsecretario de Educación

Profesor de castellano de la Universidad de Talca y Magíster en Educación de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Hasta marzo se desempeñaba como encargado territorial del Programa de Acceso Inclusivo a la Educación Superior de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile y anteriormente fue director del Liceo Industrial de Nueva Imperial y profesor en el Liceo Industrial Presidente Pedro Aguirre Cerda de Rancagua y en la Universidad Católica Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez.

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Claudia Lagos

Subsecretaria de Educación Parvularia

Claudia Lagos es Educadora de Párvulos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Magíster en Educación de la Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano y Doctora en Educación del Instituto de Educación Universidad ORT, Uruguay.

Hasta ahora se desempeñaba como Directora de la Unidad Técnica de Evaluación del Aprendizaje de la U. Andrés Bello. Entre 2019 y 2021 ocupó el cargo de Coordinadora Nacional de Área Formación Continua en el Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigaciones Pedagógicas, CPEIP, dependiente del Ministerio de Educación de Chile.

Lagos ha trabajado en el sistema educativo chileno desde 1994, como educadora de aula y coordinadora de ciclo en Educación Parvularia, en instituciones con dependencia particular y subvencionada, y hasta hoy se desempeñó como directoria ejecutiva de la Fundación Integra.