deborah santana

Press Kit

Photo Credits:
Margot Duane (2), Entropic Studio,
and James Cacciatore

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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, appreciative of her encounters with 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 Works

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

Anthology Contributions

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

Documentaries Produced

2015 Powerful Beyond Measure
2014 Women’s Spirituality and Higher Education
2012 School of My Dreams
2010 Girls of Daraja
2006 The Road to Ingwavuma


Member of the Smithsonian National Board of Directors
Founding Donor, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.
2015 California Lawyers for the Arts Artistic License Award
2014 Marin County Board of Supervisors Certificate of Appreciation
2014 California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition
2012 Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award
2010 Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy Catalyst Award
2007 Mills College Distinguished Achievement Award
2007 Marin County Women’s Hall of Fame
2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in Marin County
2004 YOUTHAIDS honor for her family’s work with AIDS in Africa
2004 Women of Distinction Award Founder Region Soroptomist International of the Americas
2000 UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Spirit Award