Santiago Rios has dedicated his life to pursuing excellence. He is an accomplished professional and an advocate of community development and advancement. Santiago’s parents were migrant farm workers who came from Texas to Michigan and Ohio every year to work in the fields. In 1950, they settled in St. Louis, Michigan. As a young man Santiago worked in the fields and the orchards of Michigan along with his parents, his grandmother and numerous other family members. Santiago is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, and teaches part-time as an Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University, Division of Public Health. From 1998 – 2004 he served as Chairman of the Capitol Area Cesar E. Chavez Commission. In 1990, Santiago Rios was awarded the Michigan State University Service Award for his work in the establishment of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. Santiago is a past chairman of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Santiago and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lansing, Michigan. The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Santiago Rios, and must not be associated with or attributed to his employers, or to any other person or entity.