About Edward

Edward Santos is a former educator and activist in New York City. Most recently, Edward is 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 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

Previously, Edward was as 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 and generated more than 20% increase in standardized test scores. Through his experience in education, 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 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 of Science 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.