Luz Castro
California Program Coordinator, NALEO Educational Fund

Luz Castro grew up in the city of Bell Gardens, an immigrant working class community in Southeast Los Angeles.

Currently, Luz serves as the California Program Coordinator in the Civic Engagement Department at NALEO Educational Fund. In this role, Luz hopes to ensure a full and accurate count of Latinos in the 2020 Census, help more Legal Permanent Residents become naturalized citizens and ensure that those who are eligible to vote participate in elections.

Luz received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Whittier College. In an effort to better understand how policies affect her everyday life, Luz grew involved in politics and began her congressional career through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) where she interned at Congresswoman Linda Sanchez's office in Washington D.C. Upon graduating from College, Luz worked as a Field Deputy for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) where she represented the Southeast Los Angeles region and oversaw the Congresswoman's education, labor, business and 2020 Census portfolio. In this capacity, Luz helped empower Southeast Los Angeles community leaders, and worked to build stronger relationships with various community-based organizations in the District.

Luz is especially passionate about labor rights and supporting low-wage workers make a better life for themselves in the United States. She co-found Poets Organizing Workers' Economic Rights (POWER) at Whittier College and has walked with workers in their fight for dignity and respect in the workplace; she has experience with grassroots organizing, and coalition building supporting local campaigns like Our Walmart and El Super. Luz has made it her personal goal to empower and develop the leadership skills of everyday working people and encourage them to make a meaningful impact in their community as leaders.

Luz hopes to one day start her own non-profit to ensure that every student in Southeast Los Angeles has access to equitable educational resources, and the opportunity to go on to receive a college education.