Lani Santo

Executive Director

Lani Santo is the Executive Director of Footsteps, a nonprofit that provides social, emotional, educational, vocational and legal support to ultra-Orthodox Jews leaving their insular religious communities. Lani is dedicated to social justice, building inclusive and accepting communities, and supporting individuals through transformative experiences within the Jewish community and beyond. Prior to joining Footsteps, Lani served as a Senior Program Officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where she focused on immersive international service-learning experiences for young adults. Lani is an alumna of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and served on the AVODAH board from 2004-2013.

Lani graduated from Barnard College and holds an MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from NYU's Wagner School.


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