Miguel A. Santana
President and CEO, Los Angeles County Fair Association
Miguel A. Santana is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, a private nonprofit Association that manages the nearly 500-acre Fairplex in Pomona. With a mission to build community and strengthen the economy, Mr. Santana’s vision for the Fairplex campus is to create an experiential environment for the community to live, learn, work and play. His priority is to successfully forge collaborative relationships with the region’s educational institutions, government officials and community residents.
Mr. Santana has more than 25 years of experience managing numerous fiscal, legislative, political, and community issues. From 2009 until 2016, Mr. Santana was the City Administrative Officer for the City of Los Angeles, where his office directly oversaw the City’s $8.1 billion budget, labor negotiations, debt management and major policy issues as directed by the Mayor and/or City Council. Previously, Mr. Santana served as a Deputy Chief Executive Officers for Los Angeles County, providing oversight to all of the County’s social service departments that collectively 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 Master’s 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.