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Paola Santana is an executive director at Glendale College Foundation.
She served as a strategy officer for state policy at Lumina Foundation from 2019 to 2023 supporting states’ efforts to increase attainment and eliminate racial disparities by implementing Lumina’s state policy agenda.
Prior to joining Lumina, she led the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s college access and success portfolio. She was responsible for the implementation of direct service programming, the development of the chamber’s higher education policy advocacy agenda, and providing strategic support to the local Talent Hub. Santana began her career working for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, where she advised board members on policy issues and worked with educators, administrators, students, and families to improve educational opportunities in the country’s second-largest school district.
She has served on the board of directors of the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges and as the Foundation’s representative on the district citizens’ oversight committee. A first-generation and community college transfer student, Santana holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.