Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Susan Santana


Susan I. Santana

Assistant Vice President OF Federal Relations

Chli Corporate Board Member SINCE 2003

Chli 2003 Founding Board Member

Susan I. Santana serves as Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations for AT&T.  In this capacity, Ms. Santana is responsible for representing AT&T’s legislative interests before the U.S. Congress on matters related to technology, internet, taxes and telecommunications.  Prior to this role, Susan served on the External Affairs team of AT&T, developing and managing long-term strategic relationships with key constituency groups. 

Previously, Ms. Santana served as Government Affairs Counsel for Dell Inc. where she was charged with conveying Dell’s key policy messages and business interests to the U.S. House and Senate in the areas of Trade, Energy & Environment, Telecom, Diversity and Education.  Prior to going in-house, Ms. Santana was practiced law as a Senior Associate in the area of Corporate Diversity Counseling in the Public Policy Group of Holland & Knight. Before that, Ms. Santana served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation in Washington, DC.  In 1998, Ms. Santana was a corporate attorney for the international law firm of Baker and McKenzie in San Diego, California specializing in cross-border transactions.  During her tenure there, Ms. Santana was elected to serve as the General Counsel for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   

Prior to practicing law, Ms. Santana received a fellowship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and clerked for a federal judge on the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.  She received a double bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned her law degree in from UCLA School of Law.  

Ms. Santana’s involvement in the community has been extensive including board service and leadership positions on the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials Education Fund, past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C., and current President of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association in Washington D.C.