Her early professional career included a transition from the private sector, where she practiced law, to the public sector. She has since held many positions of responsibility within both the State and the Madrid regional governments.
From 2001 to 2005 she was President and CEO of the hotel chain Paradores de Turismo in Spain in 2001. She has held the Presidency of the Madrid Tourism Board, which promotes Madrid as a tourist destination. During her time in charge of this organisation, 2004-2007, the number of annual visitors to Madrid rose from 5-8 million.
Since 2008 she has continuously held roles in the Housing and the Environment department, and the Housing and Planning department of the Madrid regional government.
Since September 2012, she has been Minister of Employment, Tourism and Culture, performing an important role in creating synergies in these three areas of activity. Since the start of her tenure she has been promoting ambitious projects to improve Employment and Tourism.