Huascar Castro was born and raised in the Bay Area, growing up in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose, then graduating from Palo Alto High School. He received his B.A in Political Science from San Francisco University in 2015. During his time at SFSU, Huascar was an intern for then San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen who served the southeastern region of San Francisco including Hunters Point and the Bay View. Following his internship, Huascar returned to San Jose to work as a policy aide for Vice Mayor Carrasco where he covered policy areas including housing, economic development, and land use. Throughout his tenure with Vice Mayor Carrasco, Huascar developed relationships both within local government as well as in the community of east San Jose, the district which he served. Huascar has also worked extensively on numerous campaigns including the election of San Jose City Councilmember Sylvia Arenas and the re-election of Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco.
Huascar has recently transitioned from City Hall to the nonprofit world, now working as a policy associate for Silicon Valley@Home, a policy and advocacy organization focused on tackling the housing crisis in Santa Clara County. Huascar has been working on housing policy in numerous jurisdictions advocating for more housing opportunities throughout the South Bay. Aside from SV@Home, Huascar is also involved with the newly formed Movimiento Democratic Club where he serves as their Political Director. Huascar’s other passion comes from his volunteer work as a youth basketball coach. Huascar has dedicated most, if not all, of his time outside of his career coaching and mentoring his players.