Paul Castro

Paul Castro

Paul Castro

Lecturer in Advocacy and Civic Engagement/Good Governance: Key to Organizational Success



Paul S. Castro is chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), a multi-faceted, multi-service organization serving individuals and families throughout Los Angeles. Prior to becoming CEO in 2000, he held several leadership positions at JFS during his three decades of service, including chief financial officer and associate executive director. In these positions, he used his financial acumen, sound judgment and insight to help manage the day-to-day operations of the $30 million agency.

A native of Los Angeles, Castro has more than 35 years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit community. He has worked tirelessly throughout his career to further the opportunities for disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities in the areas of social justice, philanthropy and fundraising. He has effectively advocated for services for the most vulnerable members of the community at the local, state and federal level

An active member of the national non-profit community, Castro currently serves on the boards of Families International, and the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA). Castro is president emeritus of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and a former board member of the Alliance for Children and Families.

Castro graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a B.A. in ethnic studies and holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. Castro serves as Adjunct Faculty at the American Jewish University where he teaches classes in Governance and Advocacy and Civic Engagement in their Non Profit MBA Program.