Chairperson Cielo Castro

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Cielo V. Castro serves as Vice President of Public Policy and Civic Engagement for the California Community Foundation.  At the Foundation, she is responsible for promoting collaboration and advocacy efforts across the non-profit, public and private sectors to address community challenges. She also guides investments in civic engagement as well as the policy advocacy agenda across the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio.

Prior to joining CCF, Castro served in various leadership roles at Fairplex, a 500-acre campus and home of the LA County Fair.  She helped lead the organization through a complete reimagining of its role as a public-private partnership dedicated to community benefit.  Castro has worked at almost every level of government and has facilitated public-private partnerships to help make government more effective and to ensure that services and resources reach marginalized populations. Castro has held roles with both the City and County of Los Angeles, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama Administration.  She started her career working with local elected officials through roles at the National League of Cities and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, which grounded her commitment to civic engagement.

Cielo is a Southern California native, born in East Los Angeles, and raised in the City of Norwalk by immigrant parents. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Cielo and her spouse Jesse Saucedo live in the City of Los Angeles, where Jesse serves on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council. They are parents to twins, Adelina Azalea and Tomas Antonio.

Commissioner Castro was appointed to HACLA’s Board on December 15, 2017 and appointed as Chairperson on April 22, 2021.

Cielo previously served as a Commissioner to the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension board, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September 2014. She enjoys her book club, and her role as the Los Angeles co-coordinator of Las Comadres para las Americas, and Professional Development Advisor for Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. Cielo was a 2007 National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Program Fellow.