Under the leadership of Ms. Castillo, Chicago United has launched nationally recognized programs including the annual Changing Color of Leadership Conference and Bridge Awards Dinner, the Business Leaders of Color publications, BoardLink, The Five Forward Initiative, and the Transformative Inclusion Members Series that presents national thought leaders in diversity and inclusion research.
In 2013, Ms. Castillo was named among Today’s Chicago Woman’s “100 Women of Influence.” She has been recognized for her advocacy of multiracial leadership and, in 2011, she was presented with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s (MALDEF) “Corporate Social Responsibility Award,” the Business and Professional People for the Public’s (BPI) “Champion for the Public Interest Award,” and the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s “Racial Justice Award.” Ms. Castillo was a fellow in the 2011 CEO Perspective Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Ms. Castillo received the “Minority Small Business Champion of the Year” award from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 2008, and she earned the “2006 Minority Business Advocate of the Year” honor from the U.S. Department of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency.
Ms. Castillo serves on a joint committee created by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to enhance City-County cooperation and operational efficiencies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), The Field Foundation of Illinois (chairwoman, Audit Committee), The Chicago Network, and World Sports Chicago.
She was an active member of the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Outreach Advisory Committees, serving as chairwoman of the Workforce Development subcommittee. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Ms. Castillo to the Board of Directors of the Chicago Workforce Investment Council (CWIC) in June, 2009, and to the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees in July, 2005.
Ms. Castillo is a Resource Board member for the Metropolitan Planning Council and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and The Chicago Network where she serves on the Membership Committee. She is listed among the 2013 Crain’s Chicago Business “Who’s Who in Chicago Business,” and was a 1993-1994 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.
Prior to joining Chicago United, Ms. Castillo spent over 20 years in advertising and promotions as president of Monarch Marketing Group, Inc.
Throughout her career, Ms. Castillo has participated in various public speaking engagements as a panelist, moderator, and keynote speaker and provided the commencement address at Dominican University’s 2011 graduation.
A lifelong Chicago resident, Ms. Castillo resides in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.