Policy & Research Director, We The People Michigan
Gabriela Santiago-Romero is the Policy and Research Director with We The People MI based in Detroit. She’s an immigrant from Mexico and a Southwest Detroit native. She earned her master of social work studying Social Policy and Evaluation with a focus on Community and Social Systems from the University of Michigan. She received her bachelors from the University of Detroit Mercy focused on international business. She’s a community activist and organizer who has extensive experience working for Detroit nonprofits and local government. She has worked for Grand Circus, coding school in Detroit, as the Diversity and Inclusion coordinator. She ran State Senator Stephanie Chang’s Girls Making Change summer program for two years. She is a Challenge Detroit alumni and worked for both the Detroit Lions and the Wayne County Executive office with Warren Evans. She is a Voyageur charter school board member, Detroit Economic Wealth Fund board member, among others. She ran for Wayne County Commissioner in District 4 which covers Southwest Detroit, Lincoln Park and Melvindale in Spring 2020 in the height of the pandemic challenging a 20 year incumbent, losing by 1,200 absentee votes. She hopes to continue to challenge the status quo. Love and food fuel her work.