Leadership team

Meet our team
Marc De Santiago, Chairman of Borderland-Partners LLC

Marc De Santiago

Marc De Santiago, Chairman of Borderland-Partners LLC, is a strategically-minded, operationally-driven leader with a respected track record developing and leading public and private multinational organizations. For the past three decades, in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Marc has supervised operations from start-up to production, amassing considerable sales and strategic planning experience, as well. A clear thinker and plain talker, Marc has coached corporate leaders in the United States and Europe and has volunteered his time as a mentor with Everwise. His insights have ensured that people systems effectively grow the organization, ensuring financial strength, operating efficiency, and revenue growth.


Marc brings to clients C-Suite experience in manufacturing in the automotive industry, P&L responsibility in excess of $800M annually, and managing global organizations with 5,000+ employees. Trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Marc bridges culture gaps and positions diverse teams for success at the individual through the enterprise levels.


He holds Master’s degrees in Engineering and in Economics from The Colorado School of Mines, a BS Degree in Metallurgy / Engineering from Chihuahua University, and has been certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Paula De Santiago, President of Borderland-Partners LLC

Paula De Santiago

As President of Borderland-Partners LLC, Paula De Santiago focuses on strengthening infrastructures for learning and training. Drawing on three decades of experience as a consultant, policy-maker, and researcher, she has helped clients on three continents reimagine their workplaces and learning spaces, to anticipate rapid change and outwit uncertainties.


Paula has led a portfolio of initiatives – from modest-sized pilot programs to complex, multiyear projects -- that center on the effectiveness of investments in human capital. Clients in private industry, government agencies, and education have turned to her to design and implement projects that lead to better decisions about how to improve processes, strengthen outcomes, and redirect resources.


Additionally, Paula has served as a policy advisor for both chambers of the Rhode Island General Assembly, has overseen state and national accreditation activities on behalf of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, and has served as the Associate Commissioner for Postsecondary Education in Rhode Island. She has actively shaped public policy through her service as a board member on the National Conference of State Legislatures, as an Associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and as a leader of various state- and local-level boards. Paula has taught at Harvard University, Brown University, Old Dominion University, and Stonehill College, as well as in public schools in Japan and India.


A U.S. Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, Paula holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, a doctoral degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a postgraduate certificate in International Higher Education from Boston College.