Michael De Los Santos has been the Deputy Director at Action NC since 2014. He manages internal operations as well as economic justice campaigns for the organization.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and is working on his Master’s in Real Estate Development at Georgetown University (expected 2018). Prior to his work at Action NC, he was the Director of Programs for Reinvestment Partners, whose mission is to advocate for economic justice and opportunity. While there he lead state and national consumer education campaigns on fraud prevention in senior communities. He also managed two HUD Fair Lending grants with budgets totaling over $550,000 with focuses on discrimination in the
loan origination process and fair housing violations in the denial of loan modifications. In addition, he led efforts to organize housing counselors across North Carolina to advocate for better communication and partnerships with Banks to improve the loan modification process and save
more homes from foreclosure.
Prior to joining Reinvestment Partners, he was the Legislative Director for NC ACORN where he helped to draft and get several key pieces of legislation passed that dealt with foreclosure prevention, predatory lending, debt collection, and the first statewide standard for rental housing and better protections to tenants.
In August of 2011, Michael was appointed by the Durham City Council to serve on the Housing Appeals Board to hear appeals on housing code and building condemnation cases. He served until 2014. In 2012, he was named to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s Experts of Color Network.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Reinvestment Partners, an advocacy and community development organization. He resides in Durham, NC with his wife and two daughters, and is the owner of a BBQ business with a line of award winning BBQ Sauces and Dry Rubs.