Mecca Santana-Mitchell

Mecca Santana-Mitchell is the Senior Vice President of Diversity Inclusion, and Community Engagement for Westchester Medical Center Health Network, where she is responsible for building and leveraging relationships with external stakeholders, while also ensuring that all internal organizational policies and procedures are aligned with diversity and inclusion best practices. Prior to this position, Ms. Santana served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York.  Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013, Ms. Santana worked on initiatives designed to promote workforce diversity and inclusion, and increase Minority & Women Owned Business (MWBE) procurement opportunities. Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Ms. Santana was the Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity Management for the New York City Department of Education, where she ensured department-wide compliance with all EEO laws and diversity policies.  Ms. Santana began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted assorted criminal matters including sex crimes and domestic violence.  Ms. Santana holds certifications from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies and Diversity Management and received her law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, where she double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science.