Santiago Carrillo

Santiago Carrillo

Santiago is a Colombian urban planner fascinated by how government insights can be transformed into meaningful and implementable change for vulnerable urban populations.

Santiago leads Living Cities’ business development and ecosystem building strategy for entrepreneurs of color in cohort cities (Business Starts & Growth). Prior to this role, Santiago managed Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up, a strategy focused on strengthening ecosystems for high-growth entrepreneurs of color in San Francisco, Albuquerque and New Orleans.  

Before moving to New York City, Santiago led the implementation of a component of Colombia’s national income generation for displaced and vulnerable population plan. As part of that project, Santiago assessed the financial and quality of life indicators of more than 2,000 small rural small businesses located throughout the Colombian territory and leveraged government grants to capitalize participating small businesses. Prior to his work on income generation, Santiago supported a USAID-funded initiative to the manage and organize the legislative agenda for the Afro Colombian Caucus.  

Santiago holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Affairs from Universidad Externado de Colombia and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University. 


Santiago Carrillo

Contributing Articles

Collective Organizing Toward Narrative Change: An Interactive Timeline

Explore the timeline at the end of this post! Over the past four years, we have lived through so many events that have sparked, challenged or reshaped national conversations about race. Donald Trump was elected after a campaign characterized by xenophobia and racism, and during his term the country experienced both an uptick in hate crimes and a resurgence of …

Building Local Startup Ecosystems That Work for Entrepreneurs of Color

In light of our ImpactAssets50 recognition, we are sharing blog posts, originally posted at Impact Alpha, that highlight the unique values that led the Catalyst and Blended Catalyst Funds to be included in the ImpactAssets 50 among an impressive set of peers in this vibrant and growing field. Additional insights, support and input on this piece from Brian Nagendra. Entrepreneurial hubs around …

The Rise of Resident Leaders in Mockus’ Bogotá: How A Spirit of “Civic Culture” Complements the Equipt to Innovate Framework

What we can learn from Antanas Mockus’ first term as Mayor of Bogotá about the importance of resident leadership and trust in local government for delivering better results to urban populations. It was the year 1993 in rainy Bogotá and more than 1,000 students gathered at the National University’s main theater to attend the annual Student Association Committee meeting. On …

Contributing Resources

Moving Toward Healing: The Role of Philanthropy in Rewriting Historical Narratives

This content was created in collaboration by Joanna Carrasco, Thiara Falcon and Santiago Carrillo for Hispanics in Philanthropy’s 2021 conference Collective Corazon: The Power is Ours. The session this content was designed for was intended to make the case for philanthropy’s role in rewriting false historical narratives about the communities they serve due to their role in maintaining these narratives …

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