About Martha Santiago

Martha Santiago is the Experienced Leader needed for the County Commission. She brings a wealth of leadership experiences as a commissioner. As madam chair, Martha is greatly praised for her organizational skills, solid decision-making, budgetary understanding, and always taking the time to ensure her constituents are generally heard. Martha strives daily to make Polk County the best it can be to live, work, play, and, most importantly, raise a family!

Great passion is evident in the various roles Martha serves in Polk counties to ensure communities receive the assistance they need. She believes in the importance of connection and relationships. This is why keeping Polk County’s residents safe and secure is so important. Sheriff Grady Judd recognized Martha’s quest to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for citizens and has once more endorsed her candidacy.

Martha served as provost of Polk State College’s Winter Haven Campus. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of the college’s operations – from faculty members to facilities. Earlier in her career, Martha worked as a teacher and principal for the Polk County Public Schools.

Martha is a long-time resident of Polk County. She and her husband, Alex, raised their two children in Polk, who call this county their home. She is also a proud “Abuela” of four grandchildren.