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Carlos Montes Cisternas's portrait
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Carlos Montes Cisternas


Carlos Montes Cisternas is married to Gloria Cruz and is father to three children. From 1990 to 2014, he was a member of Congress for District 26 for six terms. He was a senator for Santiago until March 11, 2022. He was president of the House of Representatives between March 11, 1999, and March 23, 2000, and the Senate between March 11, 2018, and March 12, 2019.

Carlos Montes has been a member of diverse parliamentary committees for years, focusing in particular on Treasury, Budgets, Education, and Housing.

He has been the author of various housing-related laws, such as the law that facilitates the administration of co-properties and the presentation of projects for the improvement or expansion of social housing condominiums. He is the author of the law that regulates the division of social housing condominiums. He has also authored laws related to the operation of the House of Representatives, such as the law that created the Permanent Commission on Citizen Security and Drugs.

His work focuses on the strengthening of budgetary regulations for Housing Ministry programs and their permanent link with social and community organizations, and neighborhood associations.

In terms of education, Carlos focuses on strengthening public education at the preschool, school, and higher education levels through various legislative initiatives and parliamentary work.

As a senator, he was author of the law that establishes the cessation of parliamentary office for those convicted of financing their electoral campaign with illegally- or fraudulently-obtained contributions. In his term as senator, the law of the real right of conservation was approved, which he authored as a member of Congress.


Gabriela Elgueta Poblete's portrait

Gabriela Elgueta Poblete


Ms. Elgueta has an undergraduate degree in government sciences, public management and political science. She studied public administration and has an Executive MBA.

From June 1999 to October 2004, Ms. Elgueta worked in the Municipalities Division of the Regional and Administrative Development Undersecretary (SUBDERE) as Head of National Research, Municipal Innovation Projects Manager and Head of the Bío Bío Region.

From October 2004 to March 2005, Ms. Elgueta worked in the Social Division of the Planning and Cooperation Ministry as the Chile Solidario Territory Coordinator and Director of the Municipal Planning Secretariat (SECPLAN) for the municipalities of Peñalolén and Santiago.

Ms. Elgueta has also served as chief of staff for the Sanitation Services Superintendency. Prior to her appointment as Housing and Urban Development Undersecretary, she served on the board of Metro S.A. and as Regional Administrator for the Regional Government of Metropolitan Santiago.