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José Luis Romo Cruz Minister of Public Policy (Head of Cabinet)
José Luis Romo is an economist, and a graduate of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). He also has a master's degree in Economic Policy from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and a master's degree in Public Policy from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Jose Luis Romo has held different positions within the Mexican government including the Ministry of Finance and the National Commission for Social Protection in Health. He was Head of the Planning Unit of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), where, in coordination with the OECD, he also implemented actions to fight collusion and improve spending efficiency.
Also in this position, together with Transparencia Mexicana, he designed and executed the Social Participation Mechanism in Nurseries; which received the Improvement of Public Utilities Award from the Global Initiative for Open Government. He was responsible for the Planning and Evaluation Office of the New International Airport of Mexico City, which would be the most important infrastructure project of the last decades of the country.
In September 2016, he assumed the position of Minister of Economic Development of Hidalgo state. In this assignment he was responsible for boosting the local business environment and attracting new investments. During the 2 years and 10 months that he was in charge, more than $3bn of new investments arrived in Hidalgo; which have grown 160% year-on-year, the highest figure for that period in the history of the state. Additionally, more than 18,000 new jobs were created during this time. Today, as a result of his efforts, Hidalgo is the 2nd most dynamic domestic market in the country, with a 7.2% growth in trade; it is ranked fifth nationally in growth of average household income; sixth nationally in economic growth, unemployment, and also for growth in FDI.
Since July 29, 2019 he has been Minister of Public Policy (Head of Cabinet), following the appointment he received from Governor Omar Fayad Meneses. In this assignment, its task is to coordinate the efforts of the cabinet of the Government of Hidalgo, in order to fight poverty, create new jobs, improve health and education services and keep Hidalgo safe and peaceful. He has several publications on strategy and public policy. In 2013, he published the book "The Mexican Influenza and the Next Pandemic", where he narrates the process that the IMSS lived for the attention of the AH1N1 virus pandemic
Omar Fayad Meneses was born in the State of Hidalgo, Mexico, on August 26, 1962. He is a lawyer for UNAM. He currently serves as the Constitutional Governor of the State of Hidalgo (2016-2022).
Civil Servant Path
Director General of the Institute of Basic and Normal Education of Hidalgo (1993- 1994). Director General of the Institute for Cultural Development and Social Research of Hidalgo (1994); Secretary of Public Education of Hidalgo (1994-1996); Attorney General of Hidalgo (1996-1998); Chief of Staff in the Under-secretariat of Public Security (1998-1999); Secretary of Agriculture in Hidalgo (2003-2005); Secretary of Social Development of Hidalgo (2005-2006).
He was federal congressman of the state of Hidalgo in its 58th legislature, where he was Secretary of the Special Commission of Public Security, member of the Communications Commissions and Public Security. Later, he was Federal Congressman of the State of Hidalgo in the 61st legislature, where he was Chairman of the Committee of the Centre for Law Studies and Parliamentary Research. He was Senator of the Republic for the State of Hidalgo in the 62nd legislature, during which time he was President of the Public Security Commission.
He was Mayor of Pachuca, Hidalgo (2006-2009). He served as Chairman of the State Steering Committee of the PRI in Hidalgo (2010-2012). He has had presidential appointments, such as: First Commissioner of the Federal Preventive Police (1999); General Customs Administrator (1999-2000); Vice President for Latin America of the World Customs Organisation (1999-2000).