Boris Santos

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Boris Santos

Template:TOCnestleft Boris Santos is Chief of Staff for Senator Julia Salazar. Lives in Brooklyn, New York.


  • Studied Early Childhood Special Education at Hunter College
  • Studied Political science at American University
  • Went to East New York Transit Technical High School



Boris Santos attended the New York Democratic Socialists of America conference at Manhattan’s Judson Memorial Church June 2019.[1]


A longtime member of the DSA, state Senate candidate Jabari Brisport received an endorsement from the organization on Sept. 19, along with state Assembly candidates Marcela Mitaynes, Boris Santos and Phara Souffrant Forrest.

After being a public educator for Teach for America, Santos decided to transition to government work, landing a job as a staffer for New York City Councilman Antonio Reynoso.[2]

Assembly run

A Bushwick-based community organizer is planning to challenge Assemblyman Erik Martin Dilan in 2020, as the primary field in Brooklyn’s 54th Assembly District continues to grow.

Sandy Nurse, 35, is a cofounder of Mayday Space, a grassroots organizing and events center on St. Nicholas Avenue. She is also executive director of BK ROT, a nonprofit composting service founded in Bushwick in 2013 and staffed by young people of color.

The 54th District covers parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Cypress Hills and East New York and is majority black and Hispanic.

Nurse joins 28-year-old Boris Santos, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who announced his Dilan challenge in August. Santos currently serves as chief of staff to freshman State Sen. Julia Salazar, a DSA member who beat Dilan’s father, Martin Malave Dilan, in the 2018 primary.[3]

Seeking DSA endorsement

Brooklyn Democratic Socialists of America’s electoral working group recommended four New York State Assembly and Senate candidates for endorsement in a closed meeting Wednesday night. The candidates would present primary challenges in seats currently held by: Velmanette Montgomery in the 25th Senate District (who reportedly may retire); Felix Ortiz in the 51st Assembly District; Erik Martin Dilan in the 54th Assembly District; and Walter Mosley in the 57th Assembly District.

The candidates are Jabari Brisport in the 25th, Marcela Mitaynes in the 51st, Boris Santos in the 54th and Phara Souffrant Forrest in the 57th.

“There are still two more votes before anyone is officially endorsed (local branch and citywide leadership),” Cea Weaver, a member of NYC DSA’s steering committee, told the Brooklyn Eagle. “But the electoral working group recommendations carry a lot of weight.”

Two of the challengers are tenant organizers: Mitaynes with Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Sunset Park, and Forrest with the Crown Heights Tenant Union. Santos recently stepped down from his job as chief of staff to Brooklyn State Sen. Julia Salazar (also a DSA member) to run for office.

Brisport ran unsuccessfully on the Green Party line for Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo’s seat in 2017.

Brisport and Santos are both longtime DSA members, while Mitaynes and Forrest recently joined the organization.[4]