Brandon Santiago is a San Francisco-raised Puerto Rican artist, cultural strategist, filmmaker, and producer with a global presence as an educator, performer, and speaker. After overcoming the challenge of dropping out of high school, Brandon discovered his passion for education through the performing arts, including theater, film, and spoken word. He has had the privilege of teaching at esteemed institutions such as Stanford University and the University of San Francisco.
As a Program and Executive Director, Brandon has led multiple internationally recognized organizations. He executive produced the world's largest International Youth Poetry Festival, Brave New Voices, and played a pivotal role in executing and designing numerous award-winning and groundbreaking issue-based national campaigns on various subjects, ranging from public health to school reform. Drawing upon his expertise in critical pedagogy and his fervor for creative youth development, Brandon has been instrumental in bringing about transformative change within communities and organizations across the US and on multiple continents.
Brandon's story has led him to prestigious venues and platforms, including the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, TEDx, and Univision's Despierta America, where he has been featured as both a performer and speaker. Brandon also holds a longtime passion for sports, which led him to co-host the Bay Area's first-ever all-Latino sports radio show. Combining this passion for sports with his love for the arts, he co-created an innovative Arts-Athletics Program that has been piloted around the globe.
As a filmmaker and producer, he has partnered with hundreds of young BIPOC creatives and storytellers to executive produce international films and award-winning projects that can be viewed on platforms such as Hulu and the Criterion Collection.