Alberto Salom Echeverría

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Alberto Salom Echeverría
Municipal governor, San José, Costa Rica
In office
Personal details
Born June 10, 1956
San José, Costa Rica
Political party Citizens' Action Party
Other political
formerly Democratic Force, Costa Rican Socialist Party
Profession Academic and political organizer

Alberto Salom Echeverría (born June 10, 1952 – in San José, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican politician.[1] He was a deputy with the Citizens' Action Party from 2006 to 2010 and is a the former governor of San José.


Salom studied at the Buenaventura Corrales School from 1958 to 1964 and later at Saint Francis High School from 1965 to 1969. He graduated with a Bachelor's in political science and a doctorate in Government and Public Policy from the University of Costa Rica.

Salom's political career began in his teenage years when he was elected President of the Student Council in 1969. At UCR, he was elected President of the Federation of Students from 1974 to 1975. During this time, he led several student protests. A leftist, Salom was a founder of the Costa Rican Socialist Party and the People's United Coalition. He was elected governor of San José from 1978 to 1982 as a member of People's United.

In 1987, he became an adviser to Javier Solís of the Social Christian Unity Party. Later, with Isaac Felipe Azofeifa and other left-leaning politicians, Salom helped found the Democratic Force party, which held three deputy seats in the 1990s. In 2002, Salom became one of the founding members of PAC.

Salom began leading a group of informal PAC meetings, called the "ungroup."[2] Salom, along with María Eugenia Venegas and Ottón Solís encouraged Luis Guillermo Solís to run for President, which he did in 2014.


Salom's involvement with PAC helped lead to a presidential victory in 2014
  • President, Student Government, Saint Francis High School, (1969).
  • President, Federation of Students, University of Costa Rica, (1974–1975).
  • Founding member and political commissioner, Costa Rican Socialist Party, (1971–1989)
  • Founding member and political board member of People's United Coalition (1977–1990).
  • Municipal Governor, San José for People's United Coalition, (1978–1982).
  • Founding member of Democratic Force
  • Campaign Chief, Citizens' Action Party, 2006
  • Professor, National University of Costa Rica, since 1976
  • Director, Institute of Work Studies, University of Costa Rica, (1993–1995).
  • Vice-rector of Student Life, University of Costa Rica (1995–2000).
  • Consultant, United Nations, PRODERE (Población Desplazada, Refugiada y Repatriada), (1991).

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Clientelismo político en vivienda denuncia oposición en Costa Rica – Nicaragua Hoy". Nicaragua Hoy. September 23, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Oviedo, Estaban (April 8, 2014). "Luis Guillermo Solís: El profesor desconocido que, en tres años, llegó a ser el presidente" [Luis Guillermo Solís: The unknown professor who, in three years, became president]. La Nación (San Jose) (in Spanish) (San José). Retrieved April 8, 2014.