González Magaz stepping down as Family secretary
By The Star Staff
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia announced on Tuesday the resignation of Family Secretary Carmen Ana González Magaz, effective on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
González Magaz resigned for personal reasons.
“The Family Department has a job of great importance for our most vulnerable communities. Secretary Carmen Ana González Magaz gave herself body and soul to strengthening the services offered to children, the elderly, and the entire family component of our society,” the governor said. “González Magaz demonstrated a firm commitment to the social welfare of Puerto Rico. She was in charge of important challenges and assumed them with sensitivity, responsibility and firmness. On behalf of the Puerto Rican people and myself, I appreciate her dedication and hard work during these two years in which she demonstrated her passion for public service. I wish her the greatest of successes in her next assignments.”
Under the direction of González Magaz, it became possible to strengthen and expedite the adoption processes and expand the services offered to the elderly population, Pierluisi noted. Furthermore, as part of her commitment to children, she developed a new model that unified Early/Head Start and Child Care programs, so preschool-age children receive more efficient services, he said.
In addition, she created a multisectoral commission to work on strategies to combat poverty and social inequality. To better serve the public, she worked on improving the agency’s digitization and Visual Language processes. Real-time services are now provided to deaf people, both through digital platforms and in person, the governor pointed out.
González Magaz was also appointed to chair the Committee for Gender Violence Prevention, Support, Rescue and Education, better known as the PARE Committee, and directed the task of recommending strategies and public policy to lead the fight against gender violence.
Deputy Family Secretary Ciení Rodríguez will lead the agency on an interim basis as of Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.