Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
Female Ministers of the República de Costa Rica (Female Suffrage 1949) Part of the Spanish American Domenions 1530-1821 when it became independent, 1824-39 one of the United States of Central America

See also Costa Rica Parliament and Costa Rica Heads

1958-62 Minister of Education Estela Hernández Quezada de Niño
1978-82 Minister of Labour and Social Affairs

1974-78 Minister of Culture Carmen Naranjo Coto

1978-82 and 1990-94 Minister of Justice and Attorney-General Elizabeth Odio Benito
1998-2002 Second Vice-President and Minister of Environment and Energy
Acted as Foreign Minister in the absence of the incumbent in 1993.
She was vice-rector of The University of Costa Rica, 1994 Ambassador to UN in Europe and  1994-97 Judge by the International Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia.

1978 Minister of Human Promotion Maria Volio Brenes de Trejos
1978-82 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports

1978-82 Minister of Education Maria Eugenia Dengo Obregon de Vargas
(b. 1926-)

1978 Vice-Minister of Justice and Grace N.N
Until 1990 there was 2 other female vice-Ministers of Justice.

1982-84 and 2008- Minister of Housing and Settlements Clara Silvia Zomer Rezler
Held a number executive positions and was MP. (b. 1940-).

1982-86 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Inés Trejos de Montero

1986-90 Second Vice-President Victoria Garrón Orozco de Doyan
She is writer (b. 1920-)

1986-90 Minister of  Foreign Trade Licda. Muni Figueres Boggs de Jiménez
Full named Meta Shannon, she is daughter of Henrietta Boggs Long (b. 1918) and José Figueres Ferrer (1906-90) who was President 1948-49, 1953-58 and 1970-74. Her husband, Jimenéz Veiga, was Minister of the Presidency 1984-86, and her half brother, José Maria Figueres Olsen, was President 1994-98. (b. 194?-) 


Ca. 1986-90 Vice-Minister of the Presidency Alicia Fournier Vargas

Ca. 1986-90 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports N.N.

1986-88 Vice-Minister of Planning and Economic Politics Sandra Piszk Feinzilber
1988-90 Vice-Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce
2010- Minister of Labour
MP 1994-97 and 1997-2001 Ombudsman, 2001/02 Candidate for the liberal party presidential primaries, vice-presidential candidate in 2002.

1990 Minister of Culture and Youth and Sports Mercedes Maria Lopez de Gordienko

1990-94 Vice-Minister of Justice and Grace Mónika Nágel Berger
1998-2002 Minister of Justice and Attorney-General
2002-10 President of the National Institute of Securities 
(b. 1960-)

1990-94 Vice-Minister of Education Virginia Rojas

1991-94 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Aída Faingezicht Waisleder de Fishman
1998-2002 Executive President of the Autonomous Costarican Institute of Tourism

1994-98 Second Vice-President Licda. Rebeca Grynspan Mayufis
1997-98 Minister of Housing and Urban Development

1994-97 Minister of The Interior and Police Maureen Clark
1994-96 Member of the Cabinet Affairs Team

1994-97 Minister of Information and Communication Flory (Florisabel) Rodríguez Céspedes
1994-96 Coordinator of Sustainable Development

1994-98 Vice-Minister of Planning and Economic Policy María Teresa Solís Zamorra

1994-98 Vice-Minister of Justice and Grace Mónica Blanco Valverde

1994-98 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Hilda Gonzáles Ramírez de Murillo

1994-96 Vice-Minister of Security Laura Chinchilla Miranda
1996-98 Minister of Public Security, Interior and Police 
2006-08 1. Vice-President and Minister of Justice and Grace
2008 Acting Minister of Security
2010- President

1994-98 Presidential Advisor and Ambassador-at-Large Karen Olsen Beck de Figueres Ferrer
She was advisor of her son, President José Maria Figueres Olsen. She was the second wife of José Maria Figueres Ferrer (1906-90), President of Costa Rica 1948-49, 1954-58 and 1970-74. She was Delegate to the UN General Assembly 1956, Ambassador to Israel 1982-83 and MP 1986-90. Mother of four children. (b. 1933-)

1995-98 Vice-Minister of Education María E. Paniagua A.

1998-2002 First Vice-President and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport
2002-03 Minister of Education Astrid Fischel Volio

1998-99 Minister of the Condition of Women Dr.phil Yolanda Ingianna Maomoero

1998-2001 Vice-Minister of the Presidency Ana Lorena Vásquez Badilla
1998-2002 Vice-Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy 
2002-06 Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transport
President of Social Christian Unity Party / Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC)

1998-2002 Vice-Minister of Finance Edna Camacho Mejía

1998-2001 Vice-Minister of Justice and Grace Gloria Valerín Rodríguez
Secretary of the National Assembly.2003-04, Candidate for the post of 1st. Vice-President for Unión Patriótica.

1998-2001 Vice-Minister of External Commerce Anabel González Campabadal
2001-06 Vice-Minister of Industrial Economy and Commerce

1998-2001 and 2002-04 Vice-Minister of Housing and Human Resources Nuria Rodrígez Vásquez
2004-06 Vice-Minister of Justice and Grace

1998-99 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport María Cecilia Dobles Izaguirre

1998-2002 Vice-Minister of Health Dr. Xinia Cervajal Salazar
2002 Minister of the Condition of Women

1999-2002 Minister of the Condition of Women Gloria Valerín Rodríguez

1999-2001 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Ana Mercedes Brealey Jimenéz

1999-2002 Vice-Minister of Education Zaida Sanchez Moya

2000-02 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chancellor Elayne Whyte Gómez

2001-02 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Patricia Carreras

2002-06 1. Vice-President Lineth Saborío Chaverri
2002 Minister of Justice and Grace
2002-
04 President of the Council of Security and Citizens'  Participation
2002-04 Coordinator of the Ministries of Justice, Security, Interior, External Relations and the Institute of Development
2002-03 Minister of National Planning and Economic Policies
2003-04 Minister of Planning
2004-06 Coordinator of the Social Sector
2004-06 Minister of the Presidency

President Abel Pacheco de la Espriella (b. 1933-) has
surrendered his power temporarily to her on various occations from 2003 due to liness. She is married to Roger Carvajal Bonilla who held various Deputy Ministerial posts. (b. 1962-)

2002-03 Minister of the Presidency Rina Maria Contreras López
Vice-President of the National Assembly 1998-2000 and President 2000-02, President of Partido Unidad Social Cristiana 2001-02 and appointed Ambassador in the Organisation of American States, OAS in 2004. (b. 1950-)

2002-03 Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Vilma Villalobos
Former Secretary of the National Commission of Deregulations (b. 1968-)

2002-06 Minister of Health María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal

2002-04 Minister of the Condition of Women Esmeralda Britton González
Candidate for the post of 1st. Vice-President for Unión Nacional.

2002-06 Minister without Portfolio in Charge of the National Patronate for Infants Rosalía Gil Pacheco

2002-04 Concillor-Secretary of the Government with rank of Minister Marla Lora

2002 Vice-Minister of the Ministry of the Presidency Patricia Vega Herrera
2002-06 Minister of Justice and Grace

2002-04 Vice-Minister of Finance Silena Alvarado

2002-06 Vice-Minister of Interior, Police and Public Security for Security Maria Fullmen Salazar Elizondo

2002-04 Vice-Minister of External Commerce Gabriela Llobet Yglesias

2002-04 Vice-Minister of Education Benilda Espinoza Mora

2002-04 Vice-Minister of Health and Sports for Sport Delia Villalobos Alvarez

2002-06 Vice-Minister of Culture and Youth Amalia Chaverri Fonesco

2002-06 Vice-Minister of Exterior Commerce Anabelle González Capabadal
2010- Minister of External Commerce


2002-03 Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transport Maria Lorena López
2010- Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transporta

2002 Designated Vice-Chancellor Carmen Madriz Contreras
Ambassador to El Salvador. Her appointment to the government was revoked because she is daughter of Rina Contreras, who was Minister of the Presidency at the time.

2003-04 Vice-Minister of Transport Karla González Carvajal
2004-06 Presidential Commissioner with rang of Minister in charge of the Plan Puebla Panama
2006-09 Minister of Public Works and Transport

2003-04 Minister of Education Marlen Gomez

2004-06 Minister of the Condition of Women Georgina Vargas Pagán

2004-06 Cabinet Member and President of the National Council of Concessions Maria del Rocio Aguilar

2004-06 Vice-Minister of Interior, Police and Public Security for Police and Interior Ana Elena Chacon Echeverria
2014- 2. Vice-President

2004-06 Vice-Minister of External Relations Amparo Pacheco Oreamuno
2006-10 Vice-Minister of External Trade

2004-06 Vice-Minister of Planning and Economic Politics Flora Azofeifa Monge

2006-10 Minister of Health María Luisa Ávila Agüero

2006-10 Minister of Science and Technology Eugenia Flores

2006-10 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports María Elena Carballo

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Planning and Economic Politics Hannia Vega Barrantes
2010- Vice-Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Interior Ana Durán

2006-09 Vice-Minister of Finance Jenny Phillips Aguilar
2009-10 Minister of Finance
2010-11 Vice-Minister of Finance for Income

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Education Alejandrina Mata

2006-08 Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transport Viviana Martín Salazar
2008-09 Minister of Justice and Grace

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Health Lidieth Carballo

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (Culture) Aurelia Garrido

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (Sports) Karina Bolaños

2006-10 Vice-Minister of Housing  Ana Isabel García

2006-10 President of Dinadeco Olga Marta Corrales

2006-10 Secretary of the Council of Government Maristella Vaccari Gil
2010- Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transport

2008-10 Minister of Interior, Police and Public Security Janina del Vecchio Ugalde
Former Chief of Cabinet for President, Ambassador to Spain, Rome, Italy, the Vatican, and Switzerland and MP until 2008. (b. 1946-).

2008-10 Minister of Communication and Liaison Mayi Antillón Gurrero
2010- Minister of Economy, Industry and Commerce
Leader of the Parliamentary Faction of Tras un Desarollo con Rostro Humano 2006-08

2010- Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Gloria Abraham Peralta

2010-11 Minister of Science Clotilde Fonseca

2010-12 Minister of National Planning and Economic Policies Laura Alfaro Maykall

2010-12 Minister of Housing Irene Campos

2010-11 Minister of Sports Giselle Goyenaga Calvo

2010-13 Minister of the National Institute of Women Maureen Clarke Clarke

2010- Secretary of the Council of Ministers Marta Monge Marín

2010-11 Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Marta Núñez Madriz

2010-11 Vice-Minister of Public Security and Interior Flora María Calvo Abarca

2010- Vice-Minister of Agriculture Tania López

2010- Vice-Minister of Agriculture Xinia Chávez Quirós

2010- Vice-Minister of Public Works and Transporta Maristella Vaccari

2010-11 Vice-Minister of Planning and Economic Policies Gaudy Solórzano Morera
2011- 1. Vice-Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Decentralisation and Local Development

2010- Vice-Minister of Education Silvia Víquez

2010- Vice-Minister of Education Dyaláh Calderón de la O

2010-12 Vice-Minister of Youth Karina Bolaños

2010- Vice-Minister of Health Ana Morice

2010- Vice-Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications Lorena Guevara

2011- Vice-Minister of Public Security, Interior and Police Xinia Montano Álvarez

2012- Minister of Health Daisy Corrales Díaz

2012- Minister of Justice Ana Isabel Garita Vilchez

2013- Minister of the National Institute of Women María Isabel Chamorro

2013- Deputy Chancellor and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Gioconda Ubeda Rivera

 

Updates  14.04.14