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Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning
This ministry’s mission is to enable access to quality housing solutions and contribute to the development of equitable, integrated and sustainable neighborhoods and cities. This is done under criteria of decentralization, participation and development in an effort to help people, families and communities to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.
Mr. Ward holds a Law Degree from Universidad de Los Andes and a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from George Mason University in Virginia (United States). From June to December 2001 he served as research assistant at the Center for Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
He has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2005 representing the Antofagasta Region, having been elected to three consecutive terms (2006-2010, 2010-2014 and 2014-2018). He was president of the youth section of the Unión Demócrata Independiente party and a member of the Political Committee of that party.
During his most recent term in Congress, Mr. Ward was a member of the Ethics and Transparency and Mining and Energy committees. Prior to that, he was a member of the following committees: Remote Areas and the Chilean Antarctic; Sports and Recreation; and Internal Regime and Administration.
He is married to Andrea Moreno, with whom he has four children.
Mr. Rolando holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He has worked for more than 15 years on development and projects to overcome poverty at both the design and implementation phases.
He was an advisor on Housing Policy for the government of Argentina. In the Chilean Housing Ministry, Mr. Rolando was a member of the team that developed the reconstruction plan after the 2010 earthquake. He was also responsible for designing the subsidy to assist middle class people to buy their own home and of Chile’s first program to provide rent support. For four years he advised the government of Haiti on the design of the country’s new institutional framework for housing, he also provided advice to the government of the city of Buenos Aires. Mr. Rolando has also worked as an advisor for the World Bank and the IDB in Peru and the Dominican Republic.
As a social entrepreneur, he was the co-founder and Executive Director of nonprofit América Solidaria and is currently a member of the board of directors. He also participated on the team that started the water purification company LATE and also co-founded nonprofit Fútbol Más. Mr. Rolando is currently the Executive Director of this foundation, which is present in seven of Chile’s regions and six countries around the world. He used to participate in the nonprofits Hogar de Cristo and Fundación TECHO.
Mr. Rolando is married and has two daughters.