Paola Santana

Senior Director, Education and Workforce Development
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Paola Santana is responsible for leading the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s college access and success portfolio. She is responsible for the implementation of student programming, higher education policy advocacy, and systems change initiatives. Previously, she developed business-education partnerships through the Chamber’s Pillar initiative, and worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. In that role, she advised board 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. Paola is a proud graduate of the Pahara NextGen Network, the Riordan Leadership Institute, and currently chairs the board of Gabriella Charter Schools. Paola earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and is an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she earned a master’s degree in Higher Education.