Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría Vice President of Costa Rica

Ana Helena Chacón is the Vice President of Costa Rica. Through the Social Council of the Presidency, she coordinates Ministries and public institutions in their effort to reduce poverty and achieve social development.

Vice President Chacón has held positions in both private and public institutions, where she consistently defended human rights. She represented the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of Private Enterprises (UCCAEP) in the commission for Employability of People with Disabilities in the Ministry of Labor from 2010 to 2014. Before, from 2010 until 2011, she was the Director of Management Consulting in Deloitte, Costa Rica. She was National Representative to the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica from 2006 to 2010, where she wrote projects of social interest that are now current laws of the Republic. From 2002 to 2005 she was Deputy Minister of Public Security. Her worked was aimed at improving response mechanisms and raising awareness of issues such as domestic violence, sexual exploitation of minors, gender equity, juvenile justice and human trafficking. Here, she started working on tourism safety issues and continued during her time in the Legislative Assembly. Throughout she boosted the development of action plans for tourism safety in all regions of the country.

For over 20 years, she has worked on disability, poverty, infancy and gender, as a director or board member in organizations like FUNDECOR, Paniamor Foundation, Coalition of Women Leaders against the feminization of HIV, Solidarity Triangle Program, Association for People with Down Syndrome and National Council of Rehabilitation and Special Education. As well as been a speaker of seminars on different issues including gender, citizen participation, national security and citizenship, disability, tourism, sexual and reproductive health, childhood, adolescence, senior citizens, education, national and international politics; feminization of HIV / AIDS, poverty, social exclusion, sexual exploitation, held in Costa Rica, Spain, Ethiopia, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Thailand, Colombia, Mexico, Honduras, Australia, Panama, Ecuador and Tunisia.

She has a bachelor’s degree on International Relations, and studies on Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Decentralization, Management and negotiation, from different institutions.