Deborah A. Santiago

Deborah Santiago

Deborah A. Santiago

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has strategies from the community to national levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those ready to accelerate student success with a Latino lens.

Among her contributions, Deborah has worked in federal government addressing legislative issues in higher education at the Congressional Research Service and informed program and budget efforts in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She also worked with federal agencies and communities across the nation to improve awareness and education opportunities for Latinos as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Among Deborah’s community efforts, she has provided program design and implementation for dropout prevention and parental engagement for the ASPIRA Association and translated data for community engagement as the Vice President for Research and Data at the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement.

She has been cited for her work in numerous publications, including The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Deborah serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Mary Washington, the advisory board of TheDream.US, and the board of directors for Higher Achievement.