Bay Area native Santiago arrived at VIVA with captivating stories of his on-the-ground experience at a variety of local non-profit organizations. This work is what instilled in him the passion to make change on a systemic level, and armed him with the tools to do so. Santiago is particularly passionate about giving back to his community and communities that look like his. Santiago’s professional passions are research, report writing, communications strategy, program coordination, and project management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Latino Studies from Princeton University.
Hidden Talent: I am ambidextrous
Favorite Word: Chuchulucos (Mexican colloquialism for “junk food”)
I’m Inspired By: My mother, who taught me the value of advocating for others and always standing by what is right
Super Power I’d Like To Have: Photographic memory