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Ministry of the Interior and Public Security

The Interior Ministry proposes regulations and initiatives related to internal policies that are designed to maintain public order and safeguard security and social peace.

It also applies these regulations, through the different Interior Government authorities.

The ministry coordinates other ministries where their area of responsibility relates to public security.

Gonzalo Blumel

INTERIOR AND PUBLIC SECURITY MINISTER

Mr. Blumel has a Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Economics from University of Birmingham and a master’s degree in Engineering Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Between 2010 and 2013 he was the Research Division Chief in the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency and later directed the team of advisors to the Presidency.  

He has taught in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Engineering and the Universidad del Desarrollo School of Economics and Business. Mr. Blumel was the Director of the Planning Secretariat of the municipality of Futrono from 2005 to 2007 through the nonprofit Fundación Jaime Guzmán’s Jóvenes al Servicio de Chile (Youth at the Service of Chile) Program.

He also worked as a researcher at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Environmental Center. He is part of the Chilean Public Policy Society, Executive Director of the thinktank Fundación Avanza Chile, and Director of the Entre Pares educational foundation, which promotes collaborative classroom strategies in at-risk schools.

He has been a regular panelist on the Cooperativa, Agricultura and La Clave radio stations and a columnist in El Pulso newspaper. He is an active member of Evópoli.

Mr. Blumel is married to attorney Paulina Larrea and the couple has three children.

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Katherine Martorell

CRIME PREVENTION UNDERSECRETARY

Katherine Martorell holds a Degree and a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) with a major in Regulatory Law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  She was a council member representing the Quinta Normal district from 2012 to 2016 and ran for representative of District No. 9 in the 2017 Parliamentary Elections.

Between 2011 and 2014, Ms. Martorell served as the Director of the Territorial Management Unit in the Telecommunications Undersecretary's Office, where she coordinated and managed cross-cutting government issues such as gender, decentralization, disability and indigenous affairs.

She also worked as Director of Sustainability and Communities for the company ENTEL from 2015 to 2017.

She is single and is an active member of the Renovación Nacional political party.

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Rodrigo Ubilla

INTERIOR UNDERSECRETARY

Rodrigo Ubilla has a Degree in Sociology from the Universidad de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He has served as Dean of the Universidad Autónoma’s School of Social Sciences and Humanities and as a professor at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez.

He provided consultancy for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on matters of planning and evaluating programs and social projects. Mr. Ubilla advised the Presidency of Nicaragua on the development of the Social Protection Project and assistance programs for underprivileged people. In Colombia, with the support of the IDB, he helped develop the Housing Policy. In Ecuador he evaluated the Social Investment Fund and proposed guidelines for redefining it. In El Salvador, he advised the Corporación de Municipios on institutional strengthening during the decentralization process.

Mr. Ubilla is the founder and former Assistant Director of Instituto Libertad and served as Secretary General of the Renovación Nacional party from 1994 to 1997. He later served as council member (2002-2004) and municipal administrator (2005-2006) in the Lo Barnechea district.

He was named Interior Undersecretary on March 9, 2010, two days before Sebastián Piñera was inaugurated. He served in that position until March 7, 2014.

He is married to Regina Victoria Olivares, and the couple has four children.

Claudio Alvarado

REGIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DEVELOPMENT UNDERSECRETARY

Claudio Alvarado has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Valparaíso Business School, Fundación Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María. He was the Director of Finance of the municipality of Ancud (1983), Director of the Municipal Education Administration Department of Castro (1984), and was appointed Mayor of the municipality of Quemchi between June 1985 and December 1986.

He was elected independent representative of the district of Chiloé and Palena in the Los Lagos Region and also served as Unión Demócrata Independiente party leader during that period (2008-2010).

Mr. Alvarado has served as advisor on corporate matters for private companies. He was the President of the Chilean Food Safety Agency and a sales executive at Banco BCI in Puerto Montt and Ancud from 1988 to 2003, always focusing on the southern part of the country.

During President Piñera’s first administration, he was Undersecretary General of the Presidency from 2010 to 2014. In 2012, he added the role of President of the General Internal Government Audit Council (Consejo de Auditoria Interna General de Gobierno, CAIGG). He was also a member of the Congressional Allocations Council representing the Chamber of Deputies.

Mr. Alvarado is married to Ángela María Andrade and the couple has four children.

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