State Rep. Sylvia Santana is serving her first term representing the 9th House District, which comprises parts of the cities of Dearborn and Detroit. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, her family moved to the Warrendale area. She’s been an active member in her community for more than a decade.

Before her election to the House of Representatives, Santana gained extensive professional experience working in the financial industry – more than 15 years. At a high level, she managed the health of a loan and funding portfolio. She worked to identify credit facilities and other sources of funding available to small businesses in efforts to achieve economic empowerment for local communities. Santana is a trusted resource to local business owners guiding them through the lending process and vetting of financial options to fund their business ideas. It is her passion to ensure small-business owners are equipped with the right tools to build a solid business infrastructure and thrive.

Santana wears many hats — but three that she is most proud of and work tirelessly at are: wife, mother and public servant. As a wife, mother of three children and public servant, it’s important to her that: 1) Communities are safe, 2) Education enables a bright future for children to compete globally, and 3) The economy thrives to sustain and grow local businesses supporting the community.

Santana has had the pleasure of serving her community in various ways, from creating and leading the neighborhood block club to serving as finance director and now president of the Warrendale Community Organization, and a host of other work performed. Sylvia has been dedicated to the betterment of her community, the city of Detroit, and state of Michigan at-large.

While she’s seen the progression of her neighborhood in the recent years, there is still much work to be completed. She’s confident that by continuing her service in a new capacity as hopeful State Representative of District 9, she will be able to further progress her district.