Al Santillanes, DPA
Dr. Al Santillanes attended East Los Angeles College studying both architecture and engineering. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree, he transferred to Cal Poly, Pomona where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He began his professional career with local government as an urban planner working for a number of smaller cities.
Dr. Al has over 35 years experience in city government with an emphasis in city planning, redevelopment, economic development, and operations management. He joined the former Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles where he helped create the Eastside Revitalization areas for the communities of Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights. With the Downtown team, he helped to establish the Single Room Occupancy Corporation, which is a non-profit directed at stabilizing affordable housing in skid row.
Also, during this time Dr. Al returned to school to pursue a graduate degree while working full time; and he received a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. Next, Dr. Al led the team that adopted the Adelante Eastside Redevelopment Project, a 2,500-acre industrial and commercial area in the communities of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, and El Sereno.
Again, he returned to school to pursue a doctorate in Public Administration while working full time. Upon completion of coursework and dissertation on “A Comparative Study of the Factors that Influenced the Adoption of the Adelante Eastside Redevelopment Project in East Los Angeles, California” he earned a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne.
Dr. Al teaches at both public and private colleges and universities in the fields of urban planning, public administration, and business communication.