CLARISSA MARTÍNEZ DE CASTRO

Director of Immigration and National Campaigns for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), oversees the organization’s work on immigration and efforts to expand opportunities for Latino engagement in civic life and public policy debates.  She previously managed NCLR’s state policy advocacy efforts and civic engagement work, and in 2007 served as manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a broad network of national, state, and local organizations committed to advancing policy solutions on immigration.  Prior to NCLR, she served as public policy coordinator for the Southwest Voter Research Institute, as assistant director of the California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California, as organizer with the Ladies' Garment Workers Union, and as union representative with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11.  A Salzburg Seminar Fellow, she received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College, and her master’s degree from Harvard University.  A naturalized U.S. citizen, she was born and raised in the Mexican State of Sinaloa.


 
 
Clarissa Martínez de Castro
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