May 3, 2002

Rene G. Santiago is HHSA’s New Central Region General Manager

Rene G. Santiago has been selected as the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency’s new central region general manager.

Santiago, who starts his new job on May 1, comes from the Department of Health Services of Los Angeles County, where he is director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Evaluation.

As general manager, Santiago will direct a variety of public health and social services programs that serve the residents of the central region. He also will work closely with community based organizations and residents to build strong partnerships to contribute to the overall well-being and quality of life in the community.

“I’m excited about this position,” he said. “I’ve heard many good things about what’s going on in San Diego County. I look forward to working with the dedicated employees there.”

Dr. Rodger G. Lum, director of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, says Santiago’s skills will be an asset to the agency.

“Mr. Santiago brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit customers in the central region,” he said.

Santiago also serves as a commissioner on the Affordable Housing Commission in Los Angeles.

His background includes working as a project manager in Los Angeles’ Department of Public Health, serving as senior staff to the Office of the Health Crisis Manager in Los Angeles, and serving as associate director of the Community Health Foundation of East Los Angeles.

The central region’s borders include Interstate 8 to the north, National City to the south, La Mesa and Lemon Grove to the east and the San Diego Bay.

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