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Carolina Tohá Morales

MINISTRA DEL INTERIOR Y SEGURIDAD PÚBLICA

Cientista Política de la Università degli Studi di Milano, Italia. 

Durante el período de 2012 a 2016 fue alcaldesa de la comuna de Santiago y anteriormente, durante el primer Gobierno de la ex Presidenta Michelle Bachelet Jeria ejerció como ministra Secretaria General de Gobierno y fue diputada por el distrito N°22 de la Región Metropolitana, entre 2002 y 2009.

Siendo estudiante de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile participó en la refundación de la Federación de Estudiantes de Chile (FECH), donde posteriormente fue electa vicepresidenta. 

Es militante del Partido por la Democracia (PPD), colectividad que presidió entre 2010 y 2012, siendo la primera mujer en ejercer ese cargo.

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Nicolás Cataldo Astorga

Subsecretario de Desarrollo Regional

Profesor de Historia y Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Valparaíso. Fue dirigente estudiantil, integrándose a la Federación de Estudiantes de la Universidad de Valparaíso.

Se ha especializado en el diseño de políticas públicas y tramitación legislativa, desempeñándose en la administración pública, tanto a nivel central como local. Entre los años 2015 y 2018 trabajó en el equipo legislativo del Ministerio de Educación, involucrándose en la tramitación de proyectos de ley vinculados con la creación del Sistema de Desarrollo Profesional Docente, de Nueva Educación Pública, Educación Superior, leyes de incentivo al retiro docente y el estatuto de los Asistentes de la Educación, iniciativas que fueron parte de la Reforma Educacional.

Desde marzo de 2022 a la fecha se desempeñó como subsecretario de Educación, desde donde ha articulado el trabajo entre el Gobierno, alcaldes, alcaldesas y jefes de educación de las municipalidades en ámbitos relativos al sistema de financiamiento y traspaso de servicios locales. Además, desde esa cartera, se involucró en el desarrollo de políticas locales y de gestión municipal.

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Manuel Monsalve Benavides

INTERIOR UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Monsalve is a doctor and politician born in Coronel on July 9, 1965.  He is the son of Manuel Monsalve and Graciela del Carmen Benavides, is married and has two daughters. He went to primary school at public school N°54 Rosita Renard in Coronel and secondary at Liceo A-49 Antonio Salamanca Morales, also in Coronel.

He studied medicine at the Universidad de Concepción, School of Medicine, where he graduated third in his class as a surgeon. He furthered his studies in social and public management.

He was a physician in the municipality of Los Álamos (Biobío Region), where he was appointed director of the Consultorio (public health clinic)  and head of the Municipal Public Health Department.

A member of the Partido Socialista de Chile, he began his political career when he was elected councilman in the municipality of Los Álamos.  During this period he presided over the provincial board of directors of the PS and was part of the party’s regional leadership.

In 2000, then-Health Minister Michelle Bachelet named him director of the Arauco Public Health Service. Later, in 2006, he was elected deputy for the former District 46 in the Biobío Region, where he was reelected three times. Until March 10, he was deputy for the new District 21 of the municipality of the Lota and the Arauco and Biobío provinces.

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Eduardo Vergara Bolbarán

CRIME PREVENTION UNDERSECRETARY

Undersecretary Vergara studied political science at the University of Portland, USA, and has a master’s degree in public affairs from The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). He has a master’s in politics from California State University, Long Beach and he pursued advanced studies in drug policy and human rights at the CEU in Budapest, Hungary and Oxford Analytica.

He worked on major disarmament processes in Sarajevo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also taught at the Uganda Martyrs University.

He is editor and coauthor of the book “Chile and Drugs” and coauthor of “From repression to regulation: Proposals for drug policy reform”. He also has numerous publications in magazines, academic journals and indexed publications.

Throughout his career he has presented proposals on security policies before the Mexican congress, the OAS, UNASUR, the European Parliament and Commission, and universities in the United States and Europe where he emphasized the relation between inequality, gender and security.

Between 2015 and 2018 he was in charge of the Public Safety Division of the Interior Ministry and later became executive director of Fundación Chile 21, where he formed the largest network of municipalities in terms of prevention and security.

He founded the NGOs Asuntos del Sur (Southern Affairs) and the Observatorio Latinoamericano de Políticas de Drogas y Seguridad Humana (Latin American Observatory for Drug and Human Safety Policies).

He is also a member of the Organized Crime Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean.

On March 11, 2022, he took office as Crime Prevention Undersecretary.