Vereliz Santana, Co-Vice President

Vereliz Santana
Vereliz Santana
Co-Vice President

Born in the City of Newark to immigrant parents of Dominican descent, Vereliz Santana has dedicated her career to public service and has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to championing social, racial, and educational justice. The sacrifices Vereliz’s parents endured illuminated a path of opportunity for her, and it was on this path that she learned education has the power to transform dreams into realities.

Vereliz graduated from Stockton University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Determined to continue her path of higher education, Vereliz traveled to Spain, where she obtained a master’s degree in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of Granada. While studying abroad, Vereliz gained a global perspective on education through an externship as a student-teacher at the International School of Granada, where she taught second-language learners.

After graduating from the University of Granada, Vereliz began working in the City of Newark as Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Senior Aide. As the Mayor’s Senior Aide, Vereliz established and maintained relationships with constituents, community stakeholders, and local businesses and partners. She also established neighborhood, block, and tenant associations to foster community and establish direct lines of support and communication between the City’s residents and municipal services.

Following her time at the City of Newark, Vereliz began working in the International Division at the College Board. She was assigned to manage the Division’s International Professional Learning program, where she planned, managed, and executed over 12 international Professional Learning workshops for Advanced Placement teachers.

Most recently, Vereliz worked in the New Jersey State Senate as Legislative Director to New Jersey Senate President Pro Tempore M. Teresa Ruiz. As Legislative Director to the Senate President Pro Tempore, Vereliz was responsible for managing the Senator’s legislative, policy and budget agenda while developing corresponding consensus-building and stakeholder management strategies.

Vereliz is now Director of Lawmaker Engagement at The Lawmaker Network, where she strives to provide nonpartisan tools and resources to connect a diverse community of state lawmakers committed to improving lives for the people they serve.

Vereliz is pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree at Rutgers University—Newark.