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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.

Sebastián Villarreal


Mr. Villarreal has a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Public Management from University of Maryland. He has also completed other graduate work in the field of Social Program Administration.

He has worked in the public sector and in non-governmental social organizations, including as an innovation and modernization consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, Executive Director of América Solidaria in Chile and the US, and Director of Solidarity at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

During President Piñera’s first administration, Mr. Villarreal was Cabinet Chief of the Social Assessment Undersecretariat until 2012 and subsequently participated in the creation of the Social Development Ministry and one of its main programs, the Ethical Family Income.

Mr. Villarreal is married, has two children and is an active member of Evópoli.

Carol Bown


Ms. Bown holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica, a Master’s Degree in Public Policies from Universidad del Desarrollo and a Master’s Degree in Law from Georgetown University.

She has served as congressional advisor and as legal advisor to municipal governments, was the training director at nonprofit Fundación Jaime Guzmán and an academic at Universidad del Desarrollo.

During President Sebastián Piñera’s first administration, she was Undersecretary of Carabineros (the uniformed police force). Subsequently she was appointed advisor on early childhood matters to the Social Development Ministry. Since 2014, she has served as Public Affairs Director at strategic communication firms like Azerta and Burson Marsteller.

She is married and has three children. 

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.