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Deborah Santiago

Deborah Santiago

co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Excelencia in Education

Deborah Santiago is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success. Before co-founding Excelencia in Education, she was Vice President for data and policy analysis at the LA County Alliance for Student Achievement, a policy analyst at the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service on legislative issues in higher education, and informed programmatic and budgetary efforts in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the US Department of Education. She also served as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, working with federal agencies and communities across the nation to improve awareness and education opportunities for Latinos and to the ASPIRA Association.

She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Deborah is an Aspen Institute Pahara fellow and serves on the board of the TheDream.US and Higher Achievement.

Authored Posts

  • Using a Latino Lens to Reimagine Financial Aid

    Financial aid has not kept pace to serve today’s students. Historically, the majority of financial aid recipients had a…