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Laura Chinchilla Miranda: President, Costa Rica, 2010-2014

Laura Chinchilla Miranda was elected Costa Rica’s first female President in May of 2010. Before she became a politician, she was an NGO consultant in Latin America and Africa, focusing on judicial reform and public security issues. Due to her expertise, she went on to serve in the José María Figueres Olsen administration as Vice-Minister for Public Security (1994–1996) and Minister of Public Security (1996–1998). From 2002 to 2006, she served in the National Assembly as a deputy for the province of San José. Prior to serving as President, she was a Vice President for the Oscar Arias Sanchez administration and was his administration’s Minister of Justice. Chinchilla graduated from the University of Costa Rica and received her Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

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