Josette Altmann Borbón

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Josette Altmann Borbón
First Lady of Costa Rica
In role
May 8, 1994 – May 8, 1998
President José María Figueres
Preceded by Gloria Bejarano Almada
Succeeded by Lorena Clare Facio
Personal details
Born (1958-02-17) February 17, 1958 (age 60)
San José, Costa Rica
Political party Citizens' Action Party (2005–Present)
Other political
National Liberation Party (until 2005)
Spouse(s) José María Figueres (Divorced)
Children José María
Eugenia Figueres Altmann
Residence San José, Costa Rica
Alma mater Leiden University
University of Costa Rica
Profession Historian

Josette Altmann Borbón (born February 17, 1958 San José, Costa Rica) is a Costa Rican historian, public figure and politician. She previously served as the First Lady of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998 during the tenure of her ex-husband, former President José María Figueres.[1] In June 2016, Altmann was elected Secretary General of the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), an inter-governmental organization dedicated to researching and teaching of the social sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean.[1] She is the first woman to become Secretary General of FLACSO.[2]

Altmann Borbón holds a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in political science from the University of Costa Rica.[1] She received her doctorate in humanities from Leiden University in the Netherlands.[1]

She has served as a post-graduate professor at the University of Costa Rica's Department of Education and Social Sciences.[1]

On June 3, 2016, Altmann was elected Secretary General of FLACSO.[1] She will take office on July 31, 2016.[1] Altmann had previously worked as a regional coordinator of international cooperation for FLACSO's General Secretariat from 2006 to 2012.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Avendaño, Manuel (2016-07-14). "Josette Altmann, ex primera dama, electa Secretaria General de Flacso". La Nación (San José). Retrieved 2016-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Josette Altmann, candidata a la Flacso". La Nación (San José). 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-01-25. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Gloria Bejarano Almada
First Lady of Costa Rica
Succeeded by
Lorena Clare Facio