Medellín’s resilience journey

Medellín’s residents have developed systems to learn about, resist, and overcome the national violence and drug trafficking that have been present in this Colombian city for over than 60 years. Progress is undeniable: the city’s homicide rate has sharply decreased. However, Medellín is still rated as the most inequitable city in Colombia – and Colombia, in turn, is one of the most inequitable countries in Latin America.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Lina María Murillo

Chief of the Public Policy Observatory in the Planning Department of Medellin’s Mayor’s Office

Lina María Murillo is an Administrative Engineer from the Antioquia School of Engineering, with a master’s degree in Development for Cooperation from the Polytechnical University of Valencia. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Local Development and International Cooperation. Lina is a researcher of topics related to sustainable development, social development, and management of social enterprises.

Lina has worked in the public, private, and social sectors, developing projects for institutional strength, improving processes, and measuring social impact. She has served as Chief of the Internal Control Office in the Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office of Medellín (Personeria of Medellín), Chief of Processes and leader of the social impact measurement project at Interactuar, and Liaison Coordinator of the Solidarios Network’s “Council of American Foundations for Development.”

Currently, Lina is Chief of the Public Policy Observatory in the Planning Department of Medellín’s Mayor’s Office, responsible for the design and institutionalization of the follow-up and evaluation strategies of the main programs, plans, and local policies for the city’s development.

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