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Jacquelyn Santiago
Chief Executive Officer
City of Hartford Human Relations Commissioner

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“Youth are my inspiration, and my deepest desire is to see them thrive in our communities.”

Jacquelyn Santiago Nazario is Chief Executive Officer of COMPASS Youth Collaborative and a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Hartford. As CEO, Jackie provides the vision for COMPASS and is responsible for aligning programming with the agency’s mission and long-term strategy.

Jackie has built a high-performance team to meet the needs of Hartford’s highest-risk youth. She supports the team by ensuring they have the resources needed to deliver impactful programming. Since becoming CEO in 2019, Jackie has secured more than $7 million in new funding for COMPASS.

Jackie communicates with stakeholders, government entities, and the public on behalf of the agency. She is the link between the Board of Directors and the COMPASS team.

Jackie is a champion for youth equity, a dynamic youth development trainer, and an advocate for youth at risk.

She began her career as a youth organizer at Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART). Previously, Jackie worked as a Partnership Coach for National Center for Time and Learning. She assisted school districts in the Hartford region in developing relationships with the community, families, and businesses to support student success.

Jackie received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Trinity College and her Master’s degree from Quinnipiac University’s School of Business. Jackie is a national trainer in youth development practices for providers, parents, and community-based organizations.

A native of Lawrence, MA, Jackie had the same early experiences as many of the young people who inspire her today. An excellent student in public school, Jackie received a scholarship to attend a prep school where she struggled to maintain decent grades. “I failed. It was then that I realized the schools in Lawrence hadn’t prepared me well academically.” Jackie decided that if she were lucky enough to go on to college, she would do something to help children, their families, and schools. Pingree School prepared her for her career at Trinity College, and she wants to ensure others have the same opportunity.