HNBA Commends President Obama for Appointment of Marty R. Castro to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

January 28, 2011

Washington, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) commends President Obama for appointing Marty R. Castro to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Mr. Castro is currently the President of Castro Synergies, LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to corporations, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.  Prior to founding his consulting company, Mr. Castro was Vice President of External Affairs, Head of Strategic Business Development at Aetna, Inc. in Chicago.  He also held partner positions at Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP;  Seyfarth Shaw, LLP; Baker & McKenzie; and Castro, Gomez, Durbin & De Jesus, LLC, where his work included corporate law, commercial litigation, diversity consulting and government affairs.  In 2009, Mr. Castro was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to chair the Illinois Human Rights Commission.  He also served as chair of the Judicial Nominations Commission for the Northern District of Illinois.  Mr. Castro holds a B.A. from DePaul University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Mr. Castro has served as a member of various humanitarian, philanthropic and civil rights boards, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Chicago Area Foundation for Legal Services, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Hispanic Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust, the Hispanic Lawyers’ Scholarship Fund of Illinois, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Diana S. Sen, HNBA President, noted that “Mr. Castro’s legal acumen, and his extensive experience with civil rights and humanitarian legal issues make him a valuable addition to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. We are pleased to see the President continue to demonstrate leadership in appointing highly qualified Latinos to key positions.”