Deborah A. Santiago
Published September 28, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Deborah A. Santiago is the cofounder and CEO at Excelencia in Education, an organization that aims to improve Latino access in higher education. Santiago’s work concentrates on state and federal policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and the evaluation of effective institutional practices. She was recently appointed to the California Higher Education Recovery with Equity Taskforce.

Santiago has been referenced several publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Economist.Headshot; a latin american woman with ear length, straight, light brown hair, smiles directly at the camera. She is wearing a pink blouse and a black blazer.

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Latinx access to higher education, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, financial aid, education policy, Latinx student success

Location: Washington, D.C.


Phone: (202) 785-7350

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