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Julián Castro        

Former Mayor of San Antonio, Former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

Julián Castro is a Democratic politician who served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017.

Previously, Castro served as the mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas from 2009 until he joined Obama's cabinet in 2014.

During his tenure Castro created SA2020, a community-wide visioning effort, and nonprofit organization that aimed to turn a list of goals created by the people of San Antonio into a reality by the year 2020.

He also established Cafe College in 2010, a nonprofit that provides college guidance to San Antonio-area students. As a proponent of education, he led a voter referendum to expand pre-kindergarten education.

Castro began his career serving in government in 2001 when he was elected to the San Antonio City Council, becoming the youngest city councilman in San Antonio history. Castro represented District 7, a precinct on the city’s west side with 115,000 residents.

He received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1996, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2000.

Speech Topics

Activism and Public Service

At a time in our history when cynicism is easy to find, Julian Castro stands as an example of what can be accomplished with passion and dedication. Castro’s grandmother arrived in the U.S. an orphan immigrant from Mexico with only a fourth grade education. She was determined that her daughter, Rosie, would have a better life. She worked multiple jobs to provide for her, and Rosie became a vocal community activist. She ran for city council and even worked on other progressives’ political campaigns. Her determination and passion for improving the lives of others inspired her twin sons to do the same. Julian and his twin brother graduated from Stanford University and then went on to earn law degrees from Harvard Law School. Joaquin is currently a member of Congress and Julian went from city council member to Mayor to Cabinet Member of President Barack Obama’s administration.

When things can seem at their most bleak, it’s time for those who want change to stand up. But how to engage…and WHY engage? Can one person make a difference? What about a group? A movement? Castro’s own personal story is not only proof that the American Dream still lives, but he shows that there is still much to be done to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

Speech Topics

  • Urban Revitalization
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Education and Literacy
  • Technology and Closing the Digital Divide
  • Disaster Resiliency
  • Activism and Public Service


Senate confirms San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro as housing ...

Julián Castro, the new secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs, at the White House on June 4. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). update 4pm. Through an aide ...

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