Edward Santos is a former educator and political activist in New York City. Most recently, Edward consulted on various New York City political campaigns in 2017. Previously, Edward worked at the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the Division of Early Childhood Education where he worked extensively on the roll-out of the Pre-K for All Initiative.
Edward also consulted at the NYCDOE, where he designed and implemented professional development strategy across the city. Additionally, Edward was a financial analyst at Neuberger Berman LLC and an associate at Math for America, a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve mathematics and science education in US public secondary schools. As a Teach For America corps member, Edward taught mathematics at Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, New York. During his teaching tenure, 90% of his students passed at least one Regent’s mathematics examination. In 2010, Edward was selected to review for the US Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods program, a program to improve educational outcomes for students in distressed urban and rural neighborhoods.
Outside of his work, Edward is heavily involved in the East Harlem community. In 2011, Edward was elected Treasurer of Manhattan’s Community Board 11 (CB11), responsible for the Board’s budget and revenue generating process. Edward also created the License and Permits committee on CB11 to help organize local permitting in the community. In addition, Edward was previously on the Board of Union Settlement Association, the largest and oldest social service agency in East Harlem. Edward has a Bachelor’s in Statistics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a Master’s of Science in Teaching in Mathematics at Pace University. In his spare time, he enjoys CrossFit and soccer.
In 2013, Edward Santos ran for New York City Council in District 8 (East Harlem and the South Bronx) where he advocated for the implementation of Universal Pre-Kindergarten.
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In the News
September 2, 2013 - A day with Ed Santos, candidate for City Council 8
August 16, 2013 - Ed Santos and his attempt to make history in NYC
April 24, 2013 - ABS CBN: Pinoy Immigrant May Make Run for NY City Council
April 24, 2013 - Pinoy immigrant eyeing seat in NY city council
April 22, 2013 - Filipino Teacher Leads Community Foray Into Politics
April 20, 2013 - Ed Santos is first FilAm to aspire for NYC council seat
April 27, 2017 - 5 Insider Tips for NYC Pre-K Parents
March 28, 2017 - Edward Santos at LIT's 2017 "Meet the Candidates" Forum
February 24, 2017- Harlem Pols Say They’ll Get Tough on Rezoning, Affordability Concerns
April 3, 2014 - Lessons from the Experiences of Elected Asian American Leaders
Universal Pre-Kindergarden - New York City
While working for the NYC Department of Education, the office's budget increased from $150 million to over $550 million overnight. As one of the first hires in the newly created division, Edward has worked in multiple facets of the Pre-K for All Initiative including:
- Writing of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for both Full-Day and Half-Day seats
- Implementation, operations, and evaluation of the RFP process
- Site Readiness for New Sites (including acting as a liaison to the Department of Health, Department of Buildings, and other permitting agencies)
- Negotiation of Contract Rates and Distribution of Start-up Funding
- Contract signing with new grantees
This work resulted in opening over 53,000 seats for New York City’s 4-year-olds in less than 8 months.
Manhattan Community Board 11
Teaching in East Harlem strengthened Edward’s resolve to act on the inequalities that he saw in the lives of families in the community. With that in mind, he was appointed to Manhattan Community Board 11, responsible for advocating on matters that affect the welfare of East Harlem residents. He has been reappointed twice and was elected Treasurer by the 50-person board, charged with the responsibility of managing the community board’s finances and fiscal priorities.
As Treasurer, he created the Friends of Community Board 11, allowing private and public organizations to provide and supplement funding to Community Board 11’s various advocacy and operational endeavors. While on Community Board 11, Edward also founded the Community Board 11 State Liquor Authority Subcommittee, creating a licensing process that managed the relationships between small businesses and residents of the community. After Edward founded the subcommittee, it was incorporated into a newly formed Community Board 11 Licenses and Permits Committee and he was named the committee’s chairman. The committee’s licensing process has since become a model for community boards across New York City.
Candidate for New York City Council
For more than 10 years, Edward has been fighting to improve his community as a teacher, community board member, and public servant. Edward decided to run to continue to fight to make sure every child receives a good education, that every adult secures a good paying job, and that every family has a safe, affordable place to call home. During this time, Edward:
- Managed 5-person campaign team and over 50 volunteers for district-wide election
- Acquired over $115,000 from over 500 individuals to build grassroots support
- Led the campaign strategy through policy plans and presented solutions to various
- constituencies to solve issues such as affordable housing, crime, and education
- Created a coalition of supporters through the utilization of mail, door-knocking, phone calls, and social media
Filipino-American Dual Citizenship Initiative
In 2013, Edward was awarded a fellowship with the Filipino-American Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO). FYLPRO was established in 2012 by Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America, Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and Mrs. Victoria J. Cuisia in cooperation with the Ayala Foundation Inc. to identify, ten outstanding young professionals in the Filipino communities across the United States.
After recognizing the need for more user-friendly information for Filipinos interested in dual citizenship, Rachelle Ocampo and Edward developed a more streamline information process in conjunction with the Philippine Embassy. A website and programmatic sessions were developed including an interactive online questionnaire that helps navigate individuals to their options and streamlined steps that an applicant needs to become a dual citizen.
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