H.E. Laura Chinchilla is the former President of Costa Rica and the nation’s first female president from 2010 to 2014. She was previously the Vice President under Oscar Arias Sanchez from 2006 to 2008, as part of the National Liberation Party. During her recent presidency, she focused on anti-crime and public safety efforts, environmental conservation, free trade and youth programs. As a social conservative, she values faith and values as an essential part of the character and strength of Costa Rica.