Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005.
Ms. Santana is founder of Do A Little, a donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation that supports women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She supports varied organizations and has traveled widely, fortunate to learn from the work of Nelson Mandela, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and schoolgirls in Kenya.
Ms. Santana is a Founding Donor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Santana has also produced three documentary films with Emmy-award winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma, Girls of Daraja, and School of My Dreams, each film depicting the collaborative work of non-profit partners in South Africa and Kenya.
Ms. Santana believes life is to be lived with integrity, compassion and love. She tells her personal stories to share her strength and encourage others on the journey.
(Photo by: Lindsay Aikman/Michael Priest Photography)