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Ministry of Social Development and Family

This ministry contributes to the design and application of policies, plans and programs related to social development issues. Particular attention is paid to the eradication of poverty, social protection for vulnerable people and groups, and promoting social mobility and integration. Likewise, it ensures that policies, plans and programs related to social development issues are coordinated, consistent and coherent at the national and regional level. It reviews pre-investment studies on projects seeking State funding to assess their social profitability and alignment with the country’s strategies and policies on economic and social growth and development.

Karla Rubilar


Ms Rubilar has a degree in medical surgery from Universidad de Santiago and holds a master’s degree in public health from Universidad de Chile. She has three diplomas in healthcare management from Universidad Andrés Bello, a postgraduate degree in acupuncture from Universidad de Santiago, and a diploma in bioregulatory medicine from Universidad Mayor.

As a professional, Ms Rubilar has worked in several outpatient clinics and healthcare organizations, including primary healthcare emergency services in north Santiago. Between October 2003 and September 2005, she was a consultant to the Health Department in the validation of Family Health Centers of the Municipality of Recoleta.

In December 2005, she was elected peputy for the Metropolitan Region (2006-2010 legislative period) for District 17, which includes the municipalities of Conchalí, Huechuraba and Renca. She was re-elected with first majority on two occasions, completing three legislative periods to March 2018.

Until she was named Social Development and Family Minister, Ms. Rubilar served as Minister Secretary General of the Government and prior to that Regional Governor of the Metropolitan Region.

Alejandra Candia


Ms. Candia holds a degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

She has served as the Director of the Social Program of the thinktank Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo since 2014, overseeing the analysis and research into economic and social policies, particularly in areas related to social security, poverty alleviation and income distribution, health and education.

She was the Director of the Social Security Research Unit for the Social Welfare Undersecretary of Chile in 2013 and 2014. She was Chief Coordinator of Social Policy for the Treasury Ministry in 2011 and 2012.

Ms. Candia is married and has one daughter.

Blanquita Honorato

Subsecretaria de la Niñez

Psicóloga Laboral-Organizacional de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile y Master in Public Administration en la New York University.

Fue directora ejecutiva de la Fundación Padre Semería, profesional de la Dirección de Desarrollo Comunitario de la Municipalidad de Ñuñoa, asesora del Ministro de Desarrollo Social y Jefa de Desarrollo Comunitario en la Subsecretaría de Carabineros.

Hasta su nombramiento, se desempeñaba como Jefa de la División de Promoción y Prevención en la Subsecretaría de la Niñez.

Andrea Balladares

Subsecretaria de Servicios Sociales

Bachiller en Sociología de la Universidad Mayor, con estudios de Derecho en la Universidad de Chile.

Se ha desempañado como jefa de la División de Gobierno Interior del Ministerio del Interior y Seguridad Pública y como delegada presidencial para La Araucanía.

Además, formó parte del gabinete de la Primera Dama, donde fue directora de Programación entre el 2012 y 2014 y, previamente, fue asesora de gestión territorial en la Subsecretaría General de Gobierno.