Biography of Yolanda Barcina (1960-VVVV)

Yolanda Barcina

Spanish politics, born in Burgos, on April 4, 1960. President of the Government of Navarre from July 1, 2011.

He lived in Portugalete (Vizcaya) until the age of 17 moved to Navarre to studying pharmacy at the University of Navarra, where received his doctorate in 1984. In 1988, he/she was a lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona square. In 1990 he/she moved to the University of the Basque country, where he/she was Vice-Dean of the Faculty of pharmacy. In 1991 he/she joined the food technology Department of the public University of Navarre and in 1993 was awarded the Chair of nutrition and food science at the University. From 1995 to 1996 he/she was Vice-Rector of academic management of the public University of Navarre.

He began his political life in September 1996, when, as independent, was named Minister of environment, planning and housing of the Government of Navarre presided over by Miguel Sanz Sesma, of Union del Pueblo Navarro (UPN), thus becoming the first woman to participate in the Government of Navarra.

In 1999 he/she was named Mayor of Pamplona, as most voted candidate (UPN), also the first female Mayor of the city, and was re-elected in the legislature 2003-2007 and 2007-2011. Because of this position, he/she has been member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Federation of municipalities and provinces and a member of the Federal Council, as well as a member of the Ibero-American Organization of Intermunicipal Cooperation (OICI) and the Organization of cities and local governments United (IULA, FMCU).

April 19, 2009 he/she was elected President of the Union del Pueblo Navarro and the UPN party candidate for elections to the Parliament of Navarre of the 2011. He/She got 19 seats. The Pact signed with the Navarrese Socialists gave the majority needed to be named President of the Government of Navarra. On July 1, 2011 was vested President of the Community Government of Navarre, becoming the first woman who holds this position.