Ismael Santiago


The Bronx



My career path to SF State:

When I was at my community college, I had the good fortune of having a professor who taught Accounting and felt like it would be a good fit for me. After getting involved with different organizations (CALCPA, some big 4 firms, etc.) I discovered that the caliber of people that I encountered and the Accounting that I was exposed to made me love the idea of Accounting as a career.

First Job/ Weirdest Job/ Worst Job:

My first job was in my high school as an events facilitator which basically meant I helped with the events put on in the auditorium, and large class trips like the senior trip, etc. I was fortunate to have teachers who believed in me and took a chance on me since I did not have a very stable home life. They taught me it was important to ask for help when I needed it and how to MC any event.

What I like to do on the weekends:

Build Lego sets with my sons!

Top Advice For A New Student:

Make friends with upperclassmen. They are a great resource for how to navigate some of the more unusual things that come up and can give useful advice. And if you aren’t using the Gator Scheduler, you are really missing out.

Top 5 strengths:

1. Input 2. Strategic 3. Self-Assurance 4. Intellection 5. Command


Personal Associations:

CALCPA (California Society of Certified Public Accountants), ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America),