Laura Chinchilla

Costa Rica  |  Co-Chair (On Leave), Inter-American Dialogue

Former President of Costa Rica

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Laura Chinchilla was president of Costa Rica from 2010 to 2014. She previously served as vice president and minister of justice under Óscar Arias and as a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2006. Chinchilla has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2014 and is co-chair of the Board of Directors. Chinchilla graduated from the University of Costa Rica and received her master’s in public policy from Georgetown University. Prior to entering politics, Chinchilla worked as an NGO consultant in Latin America and Africa, specializing in judicial reform and public security issues.


In light of the Costa Rican government’s nomination of former president Laura Chinchilla as a candidate for the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank, and at her suggestion, the Dialogue has agreed to place president Chinchilla on-leave as co-chair of our Board of Directors. Chinchilla joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2014.

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Members in the News: Leonel Fernández and Laura Chinchilla

On September 26 and 27, 2019, the 2nd Annual Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean took place at the Union League Club in New York City, concomitantly with the United Nations General Assembly. Dialogue Members Leonel Fernández and Laura Chinchilla participated in this year’s forum.

Promesas Incumplidas: América Latina Hoy

El libro busca hacer un balance de donde se encuentra América Latina en una serie de temas cruciales: desarrollo socioeconómico, seguridad y violencia, estado de derecho, crecimiento económico, integración regional y relaciones con el mundo.

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