deborah santana

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Deborah Santana is an author, philanthropist, activist for peace and social justice, and founder of Do A Little, a non-profit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. Her memoir, Space Between The Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart, was published in 2005.

Ms. Santana has produced two documentary films with Emmy-award winning director Barbara Rick: Road to Ingwavuma. and Girls of Daraja., each film depicting the collaborative work of non-profit partners in South Africa and Kenya.

Ms. Santana serves as a Board member for ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa), mentors girls and young women, and is a supporter of Marian Wright Edelman’s Freedom Schools in New Orleans.

Deborah believes life is to be lived with integrity, compassion and love. She tells her personal stories to share her strength and encourage others on their journeys.


Ms Santana has received the following recognition:

2000 – UCLA César E. Chávez Spirit Award

2004 – Women of Distinction Award Founder Region Soroptimist International of the Americas

2004 – YOUTHAIDS honor for her family’s work with AIDS in Africa

2006 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award in Marin County

2007 – Marin County Women’s Hall of Fame

2007 – 2008 – Mills College Distinguished Achievement Award

2010 – Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy Catalyst Award

2012 – Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award