Miguel A. Santana Biography
Mr. Miguel Santana has been the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles since 2009. Mr. Santana reports directly to the Mayor and the City Council. As the CAO, his office has direct oversight over the City’s $8.1 billion budget, labor negotiations, debt management and major policy issues as directed by the Mayor and/or City Council, including the proprietary departments of Department of Water and Power, Airport and Harbor.
Mr. Santana has more than 25 years of experience managing numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. Prior to this position, Mr. Santana served as one of five Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County. As Deputy CEO, Mr. Santana provided oversight to all of the County’s social service departments including the Department of Children and Family Services, Public Social Services, Child Support, Military and Veterans Affairs and the Human Relations Commission. Collectively, these departments represented $9 billion of the $22 billion annual County budget.
Mr. Santana has a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Whittier College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Santana serves on the Boards of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, United Way of Los Angeles, and Discovery Cube Los Angeles.