Mayoress of Santander

Gema Igual Ortiz was born on 10 September 1973. She studied Teaching. She worked in the private sector, being manager of the Young Bussinessmen Association of Cantabria until her incorporation in 2003 as councilor of the Town Hall of Santander in the areas of Tourism and Public celebrations. She was councilor of Tourism and Institutional Relations from 2007 to November of 2016, when she became mayoress of Santander.

Vocal of the Government Board of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) since December 2016, she is the Spanish Vicepresident at the Conference of the Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC) and also member of the Urban Initiatives Platform and the Spanish Tourism Board representing the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP).

Since October 2017 she is Vicepresident of the International Relations Comission of the FEMP and supply member of the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe (CMRE) on behalf the FEMP.

On 15th June 2019, she was invested as Mayoress of the city of Santander.