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Carolina Tohá Morales


Carolina Tohá Morales holds a Degree in Political Science from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. 

She was mayor of the municipality of Santiago from 2012 to 2016, and served as Minister Secretary General of the Government during the first term of former President Michelle Bachelet Jeria. She was also a representative for District No. 22 of the Metropolitan Region between 2002 and 2009. 

As a law student at the Universidad de Chile, she participated in the re-foundation of the Federación de Estudiantes de Chile (Chilean Student Federation, FECH), where she was later elected vice-president. 

She is a member of Partido por la Democracia (PPD), a party that she chaired between 2010 and 2012, becoming the first woman to hold the position.


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Manuel Monsalve Benavides


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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Nicolás Cataldo Astorga


Nicolás Cataldo Astorga holds a Degree in Pedagogy in History and Social Sciences from the Universidad de Valparaíso. He was a former student leader in the Federación de Estudiantes (Student Federation) at the Universidad de Valparaíso. 

He specializes in the design of public policy and legislative procedure, and has worked in public administration both at the central and local level. Between 2015 and 2018, he worked in the Education Ministry’s legislative team, where he was involved in processing bills related to the creation of the System of Professional Teacher Development, New Public Education and Higher Education, as well as laws to encourage teacher retirement and the Educational Assistants Statute. These initiatives formed part of the Educational Reform. 

From March 2022 to date, he has served as Education Undersecretary, where he has mediated the work between the Government, mayors and municipal heads of education in areas related to the financing system and transfer of local services. In this position, he has also been involved in developing local policy and municipal management.

Eduardo Vergara Bolbarán's portrait

Eduardo Vergara Bolbarán


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.