Miguel Santana '91 Helps Address Racial Equity in Los Angeles

September 11, 2020

Miguel SantanaMiguel Santana ’91, president and CEO of Fairplex, leads an influential committee that has published a report recommending ways to improve racial equity in Los Angeles.

The Civic Alliance, comprised of local civic leaders and philanthropists, recently released “No Going Back,” a detailed report that proposes wide-ranging changes to public systems. Recommendations touch almost every aspect of public life, from applying a racial equity lens to budget decisions, to increasing public spending on rental assistance and housing construction, to creating a public internet utility, and much more.

“This was not intended as a specific to-do list for every level of government,” Santana told The Los Angeles Times. Before leading Fairplex, Santana was a high-level administrator in both the county and city. He also sits on Whittier College’s Board of Trustees. “We hope that any candidate for office, whether for mayor or City Council or Congress or the state legislature, would embrace the thesis that the current systems are simply not working.”

“No Going Back” was first conceived to prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on low-income communities of color. But the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others widened the committee’s view.

Read more about the report at The LA Times.