Former Obama MBDA director Alejandra Y. Castillo joins YWCA USA as new CEO

YWCA USA announced that its board of directors has selected Alejandra Y. Castillo as its Chief Executive Officer.  Castillo, a public servant of over two decades, will be moving to YWCA USA effective September 18, 2018.

Throughout her career, Castillo has been instrumental in driving partnerships, federal legislative, and public policy initiatives and programs focused on health policy, civil rights, children and family law, and economic development.

In 2014, Castillo was the first Hispanic-American woman to be appointed as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. During her time as National Director under the Obama Administration, she secured financing and capital of over $19 billion for businesses owned by people of color, creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.

YWCA has a long history of being at the forefront of racial justice and gender equity issues while working for institutional change,said Castillo. “From leadership training, STEM education, and entrepreneurship to advocacy days on Capitol Hill and support for survivors of domestic violence, YWCA continues to change lives every day.”

“I am honored to take the reins of such an iconic organization”

Sylvia Hill Fields, YWCA USA national board chair stated that, “Alejandra’s ability to navigate complex systems, develop public-private partnerships, and advocate for women and girls, especially those of color, is exactly what YWCA USA needs as we enter our next chapter of leading systemic social change.”

Castillo has worked with the Walker’s Legacy as a featured speaker during various events and an expert panelist during research conducted for the original report, Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past and Present Conditions of Black Women’s Business Ownership.

Castillo has dedicated her life to public service by impacting change and investing in our communities. With the power of partnerships, she has been able to provide opportunities to promote entrepreneurship, education, and economic parity. We recognize and congratulate her on this accomplishment in her professional career, and charge to affect social change.

The original research report, Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past and Present Conditions of Black Women’s Business Ownership, was commission by the NWBC and SBA Office of Advocacy, and presented by Walker’s Legacy. The report can be accessed here.
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