Gerardo de la Peña, MPP’01
University of Chicago Alumni Board
Gerardo de la Peña, MPP’01, is dedicated to public service. Following his graduation from Harris Public Policy in 2001, he has been committed to the development of Mexico as well as providing more opportunities for his co-nationals to attend the Harris School of Public Policy. He was one of the five architects of the Chicago Fellowship in Mexico and part of the negotiations team that helped Chicago Harris and the Mexican National Council on Science and Technology reach an agreement to offer up to 15 full scholarships per year. De la Peña also serves as one of the youngest members of the Board of “México: ¿Cómo vamos?” to drive Mexico’s development.
David Garcia-Junco, Am'95
Mexico City, Mexico
Chief Financial Officer
Harris Public Policy Advisory Board
David García Junco Machado is Chief Financial Officer for the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico. This council is a decentralized public organism in charge of promoting scientific and technological investigation and innovation, as well as coordinating public policies and activities nationwide regarding those subjects.
Following his graduation from Harris Public Policy in 1995, García Junco served as head of the National Commissioner for Social Health protection, which is an insurance system called Seguro Popular. Introduced in 2003, the system provides access to a package of comprehensive health services with financial protection for more than 50 million Mexicans previously excluded from any insurance. The Seguro Popular, with a budget of over 12 billion dollars, was the cornerstone of the Federal Government to reach universal health coverage in 2012, during Garcia Junco´s administration.