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Martin Castro
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In July 2000, Martin Castro was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, an Educational/Charitable California Benefit Corporation. The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) is a statewide organization, serving five (5) California counties with 33 service locations and over 800 employees. The annual budget exceeds $50,000,000. Martin Castro has been employed with MAOF since 1979 with a five year break in service while he pursued opportunities in Washington D.C. Mr. Castro’s responsibilities include administering government and private sector funded projects and management and administrative duties for the organization. Mr. Castro has spearheaded the organization’s restructure through growth and program expansion. As President, Mr. Castro maintains complete fiduciary responsibilities for MAOF’s activities.

Prior to June 2000 In 1986, Mr. Castro relocated to Washington D.C to serve as a Project Management Specialist with the National council of Senior Citizens, where he monitored programs across the United States. Mr. Castro also provided technical assistance to local directors and conducted training sessions at regional and national training conferences. Mr. Castro returned to MAOF in 1991. As Administrator and Director of the MAOF Kern County Programs, Mr. Castro supervised a variety of programs including Computer, Medical Worker, Bookkeeper, and Basic Skills Training Programs, Foster Grandparent Program, and Senior Citizens Community Service Employment Program. Mr. Castro also initiated literacy programs across the County and launched an annual older worker recognition breakfast along other special fundraising events. Mr. Castro was instrumental in obtaining a land donation from the County of Kern on which a preschool center serving 144 children was built.

Bachelor of Science in Biology, California State University at Bakersfield

  • Student Body Treasurer and Chairman of the Budget Committee, 1976
  • Chairman, CSUB Lucha Club
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, EOP Program, CSUB 1978
  • Most Active EOP Student, CSUB 1977
  • Exchange Student, Cuernavaca, Mexico 1974  A.A. Degree, Bakersfield College
  • Deans List, 1974

Associate of Science in Pre-Med/Science from Bakersfield College

Community Involvement

  • Member, Rotary Club Montebello Chapter
  • Member, Rotary Club Bakersfield Chapter
  • Member, Programa Paisano
  • California Childcare Network Association
  • L.A. County AP Alliance