Chrissie Castro is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, and a social justice consultant working on national and international issues of equity for all peoples, including the self-determination of American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
Castro has more than 15 years of senior management experience in government and nonprofit sectors. Currently, she serves as the network weaver of the Native Voice Network, a collaborative network of Native American families and organizations that mobilize through indigenous cultural values to inspire positive change in Native communities. She is also working on a research project, funded by the Women's Donor Network, to address historical and contemporary reasons for Native Americans remaining grossly underrepresented in the local and state political landscape, as well as to propose viable strategies to increase representation.
Castro also serves as a senior consultant for the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), a national organization that helps states, cities and neighborhoods improve results for children, youth and families. She manages a team in pioneering work on early childhood and child welfare reform in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, First 5 Los Angeles, and the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center, one of five regionally based Implementation Centers established by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, to provide in depth and long-term technical assistance and consultation to selected counties, states, and tribes.
Throughout her career, Castro has been a strong advocate in promoting equity both within and outside of the nonprofit sector. She has substantive expertise in community organizing, community building, and developing and managing communications campaigns in the fields of violence prevention, economic development, child welfare, mental health, youth development, and for Native American/Alaskan Native populations.
She currently serves as the vice-chairperson of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission, which promotes the development of programs and funding resources to serve urban American Indians and American Indian organizations.
Castro is also a board member for the American Indian Community Council, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the overall wellness of Los Angeles American Indian children, families, and community through leadership development, community organizing, self-determination, and cultural values.
Castro is also a personal and executive coach, and will earn her certification with the International Coach Federation in May 2016.