deborah santana

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Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, advocate for peace and social justice, and mother of three extremely loved children. Her first memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in March 2005.

Ms. Santana founded Do A Little, a donor-advised fund at the San Francisco Foundation in 2008 that supports women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. She has received many awards, supports varied organizations, and has traveled widely, encountering everyone from Nelson Mandela to young school girls in 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.


Published WorksӬӬ

2005 Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart

Anthology ContributionsӬ

Ҭ2012 Life Moments for Women
2012 Nothing But the Truth So Help Me GodӬ
2006 Tutu As I Know Him: On a Personal Note

Documentaries Produced

2012 School of My Dreams
Ҭ2010 Girls of Daraja
Ҭ2006 The Road to Ingwavuma


Board Member, Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), Los Angeles
Board Member, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco
Founding Donor, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
2012 Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award
Ҭ2010 Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy Catalyst AwardӬ
2007 Mills College Distinguished Achievement Award
“¨2007 Marin County Women’s Hall of Fame”¨
2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in Marin CountyӬ
2004 YOUTHAIDS honor for her family’s work with AIDS in Africa”¨
2004 Women of Distrinction Award Founder Region Soroptomist International of the Americas
2000 UCLA César E. Chávez Spirit Award