WASHINGTON, DC - Anthony Santiago joined the National League of Cities' (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF) this week as senior fellow. In this role, Santiago will lead outreach efforts to engage local leaders in the Institute's work and help develop new financial inclusion initiatives that empower city leaders to take action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their communities.
Prior to joining NLC, Santiago served as deputy chief of staff to former Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, N.J. In that capacity, Santiago was instrumental in the development and promotion of the mayor's financial empowerment agenda and served as a key liaison to the YEF Institute.
Santiago was selected to the most recent class of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Children and Family Fellowship for existing and emerging leaders. The fellowship, which concludes in 2014, seeks to increase the pool of diverse, visionary leaders with the competence to create supports and systems that help families make positive choices and to lead and sustain major system reforms and community change initiatives that benefit larger numbers of children and families.
"I'm proud to welcome Anthony to NLC and the Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Through his wealth of experience working in local government and his dedication to helping children and families, Anthony will be a critical part of the YEF Institute's efforts to engage city leaders and empower families to achieve economic success," said Clarence Anthony, executive director, National League of Cities.
The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.