Meet the Chamber Staff

Paola Santana

Senior Director, Education and Workforce Development
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Paola Santana is responsible for leading college access efforts through the Cash for College program and for supporting higher education and student success initiatives, including the Institutions of Higher Education Collaborative under the L.A. Compact. Previously, she developed business-education partnerships through the Pillar initiative and worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, where she advised members on complex policy issues and worked with educators, administrators, students and families to improve educational opportunities in the country’s second largest school district. Santana earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a master’s degree in higher education.

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