NBC News:

Growing up in Philadelphia, Nancy Santiago lived in what she described as “tough circumstances, with an outrageous situation on my hands. And every time I went to ask for help, there was none.”

Her drug-addicted father was abusive, while her grandmother ran a speakeasy to help support the family. When Santiago had problems, her evangelical relatives told her to “pray on it.”

Yet her challenging upbringing led her into a career in education, philanthropy and public service, including positions at the Department of Education and the Department of Labor under President Barack Obama and more recently at the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy under President Joe Biden.

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