Nancy Santiago Negrón, Vice President, Hispanics in Philanthropy,Co-Founder and Managing Director, Opes Global Strategy
Nancy is seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the areas of education, workforce development, federal policy, and philanthropy. She served for two terms in the Obama Administration and has been instrumental in the design and execution of key public policy and federal programs. Focused on aligning capital with justice, her leadership skills have been employed in government, the technology sector, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, foundations, and corporations.
Nancy’s current projects include leading strategic partnership and communication efforts at Hispanics in Philanthropy and supporting former First Lady Michelle Obama’s education initiative, Reach Higher. Nancy is also the co-founder and managing director of the Opes Global Strategy group, a Latina-owned consulting firm that provides government relations, external affairs, communications, and strategic partnership development and support to leaders, organizations, and companies.
Nancy has many years of experience advocating for policies that transform lives in under-resourced communities including serving in several senior leadership positions as an appointee in the Administration of President Obama. Nancy’s experience in the federal government includes leading strategic partnerships for former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and gender equity efforts for the U.S Department of Labor as a leader in the Women’s Bureau. Additional White House efforts included serving on President Obama’s White House Task Force on Puerto Rico, the National Equal Pay Task Force, and various intergovernmental, cross-agency efforts that focused on a range of issues including homelessness, military sexual assaults, and economic opportunities through place-based investments, among others.
Nancy has also served as the Chief External Affairs Officer of the Opportunity Finance Network, the leading network of community development financial institutions. In her hometown of Philadelphia, she held several leadership positions in the School District of Philadelphia, including Administrator for the Office of School Management, in the office of the CEO. She has also served as the director of policy and planning at the Philadelphia Youth Network, an award-winning youth workforce development organization.
Nancy’s volunteer experience spans sectors and states. She proudly serves on various boards including the Equal Rights Center, the tech accelerator Parallel 18 in Puerto Rico, and board member of the Esperanza Charter School system in Philadelphia. She has been involved in economic development activities in Puerto Rico prior to Hurricane Maria, and continues to organize relief and recovery activities post-hurricane; recently coordinating her third service delegation to the island with former presidential appointees, philanthropic foundations, and private sector partners.
An inspirational activist and speaker, she has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Aspen Institute’s 2015 Salinas Scholar, the Belfer Institute’s Seminar in Israel for Latino Policy Leaders; the Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching 2015; the Spanish Embassy’s Hispanic Leaders Program in Madrid, Spain; the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award; and, the Woman of Distinction award from El Diario La Prensa, New York city’s largest Spanish-language newspaper.