Alejandra Y. Castillo
Minority Business Development Agency
MBDA Plenary Session: Are MBE’s Ready for the “Internet of Things?
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
9 – 10 a.m.
Ms. Alejandra Castillo, appointed by Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker in 2014, brings a broad range of legal, business, and policy experience to MBDA. Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the Agency since its founding in 1969. Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs).
Previously, Ms. Castillo served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), where she coordinated with the White House and non-profit organizations on legislative affairs. Earlier, Ms. Castillo served in the Clinton Administration as a Senior Policy Analyst to the Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Ms. Castillo holds a BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook in economics and political science, a Master’s degree, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and earned a Juris Doctorate, American University – Washington College of Law. Ms. Castillo is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.