Director of Government Relations
Joined CSS: 2002
Santa Soriano-Vasquez promotes and advances CSS’s legislative agenda and programs at the City, State and Federal levels by drawing attention to initiatives and issues that CSS takes on to systematically address the barriers to economic mobility of low income New Yorkers. She monitors proposed government policies and the annual city and state budget cycle, especially as they relate to funding CSS programs and initiatives. Additionally, Santa serves as a liaison for CSS programs with NYC elected officials and their staff.
Prior to her current position, Santa worked as a Training/Technical Assistance Specialist for CSS/Center for Benefits and Services where she performed research, wrote publications, and conducted trainings on federal, State, and local government benefits programs. From 2002 to 2005, Santa worked with CSS/Retired and Senior Volunteer Program where she worked on the development of innovative volunteer programs related to disconnected youth, financial literacy and reentry issues to increase the capacity of CBOs through partnerships.
Santa holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from City College of New York.
“As the daughter of low income working immigrants, I have a deep understanding of the many barriers poor New Yorkers must confront in order to move up the income ladder. I have personally experienced the positive impact that work support benefits, stable health insurance, and affordable rent have on low income New Yorkers. Through several approaches CSS helps facilitate the economic mobility of low-income New Yorkers. My work at CSS allows me to research, promote and advocate for systematic changes to help New Yorkers become economically secure. ”