Chairperson and Founder, LEAP Academy University Charter School
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She also directs the Community Leadership Center and is the overseer and Board Chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School.
Throughout her academic career, she has established a track record in coordinating large-scale programs and private and public ventures that bring together external and internal stakeholders from a range of organizations, including government, business, non-profits and philanthropic sectors at the local, national and international levels.
Dr. Santiago is the author of numerous articles and three books, entitled The Miracle on Cooper Street, Lessons from an Inner City, Breaking Ground and Barriers: Hispanic Women Developing Effective Leadership and Organizing Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers, available for purchase at Amazon.com. She is also a blogger for US World News, the Huffington Post, and is a commentator for ABC, MSNBC, NBC, and CBS News on issues of education and Community Development.