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40 Under 40: Lissette Santiago

The 33-year-old was once a student in the Coachella Valley Unified School District, and now she works for the distrct as its public information officer.

Staff Report 40 Under 40, Current PSL

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PHOTOGRAPH BY TAWNI BANNISTER
Lissette Santiago, 33

Public Information Officer, Coachella Valley Unified School District

Santiago holds a special connection to the students she serves at the Coachella Valley Unified School District: She was once one of them. Raised by immigrant farmworkers in Coachella, Santiago now drives student and parent engagement at East Valley schools, spearheading door-opening initiatives, such as making all district communication bilingual. She’s also pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. “I would love to continue telling the stories of my community,” she says.

• VIDEO: Lissette chats about growing up the child of immigrant parents who worked the fields of the Coachella Valley.