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DC Deputy Mayor for Economic Growth Is a Filipina

Asian Journal, Joseph Pimentel Posted: Sep 28, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.--This city's deputy mayor for planning and economic development is a Filipino American. Valerie Santos, 36, was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. Santos heads the Districts lead agency in coordinating policies and initiatives on affordable housing, business attraction and retention and workforce and economic development. A former senior staffer under former D.C. deputy mayor Neil Albert, Santos is responsible for implementing Fentys economic development vision. She also manages a development pipeline worth more than $13 billion, consisting of public-private housing, retail, office and parks projects, according to the District of Columbia website. Santos, whose parents were born in the Philippines, was born and raised in San Francisco. Before becoming deputy mayor, she served as the Planning and Economic Development Offices Chief Operating Officer. She was vice president at commercial real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle and a manager with Ernst & Youngs real estate group.

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