HNBA Commends the Appointment of Alejandra Y. Castillo to Serve as National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency

April 22, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds President Barack Obama’s appointment of Alejandra Y. Castillo to direct the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The MBDA serves minority entrepreneurs across America who are building and growing businesses. “Ms. Castillo has helped advance the Hispanic community in many ways throughout her career. Due to her experience and commitment to public service, she is exceptionally qualified to lead MBDA and assist minority-owned firms grow and become more competitive,” said Román D. Hernández, HNBA National President.

Prior to her appointment with MBDA, Castillo served as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, overseeing business outreach and development of policy initiatives geared at trade promotion and enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

Ms. Castillo previously served as the HNBA Interim Executive Director headquartered in Washington D.C.  She also served in the Clinton Administration as a Senior Policy Analyst to the Deputy Director at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, where she was responsible for developing and analyzing White House initiatives on drug control policies in areas of drug trafficking interdiction, anti money laundering, drug prevention and treatment programs.

Before her role with the White House, Ms. Castillo served as key staff for Democratic National Committee Chairman, Don Fowler, and later joined the Clinton Gore Re-election campaign as Deputy Director for Special Projects.