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Message from Miguel A. Santana, President & C.E.O.: In the Wake of Injustice

November 19, 2021
Miguel A. Santana

Miguel A. Santana
President & C.E.O.

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse is both unbelievable and yet sadly, believable. Unbelievable in that the act of violence and entitlement was clear and brazen, and yet justice was not served. Believable in that we live in a country where who you are still defines the treatment you receive by systems that purportedly exist to uphold equal justice for everyone.

This moment strengthens our resolve to fight for racial justice and reinforces why we do what we do. This moment is a call to action for all of us.

Together in Justice.

Recent President’s Messages

Message from Miguel A. Santana, President & C.E.O.: Reflection

I remember the first time I felt like an American. On my way cross country to New England to begin my graduate program, I stopped at Port Huron, Michigan to an address handwritten on the back of a black and white photograph of my paternal grandparents. In the 1920s it was the home of Victoria and José Santana.

Message from Miguel A. Santana, President & C.E.O.: Anti-Asian Racism and Violence Hurts Us All

On March 16, a shooter killed eight people in Atlanta; six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. At least four of the people killed were of Korean descent. The Weingart Foundation stands with communities in our collective grief and outrage at these tragic deaths. We condemn the anti-Asian racism that has led to increased hate speech and violence against Asian American communities.

Message from Fred Ali, President & C.E.O.: With Gratitude and Thoughts for the Future

This is my last President’s message, and over the past few days, I have been trying to figure out what to write. Probably overthinking things, because more than anything else, I want to express my profound gratitude to our nonprofit and cross sector partners, my colleagues in philanthropy, and the Board and staff of the Weingart Foundation.