Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro

Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation


Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro is passionate about strengthening civil society. As Deputy Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S, she leads efforts to advance fair and effective immigration policies, and to expand Latino civic engagement by helping immigrants become citizens, citizens become voters, and the community overall become an active participant in policy debates. She also designed and leads the Rise Above campaign, an initiative to build a positive, accurate narrative of our changing America that fosters collaborative action.

A frequent media commentator on the Latino electorate and immigration, Martinez De Castro is a graduate of Occidental College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a U.S. Vote Foundation advisory board member, a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and a Nantucket Project 2015 Catalyst Fellow.

Her past experience includes serving as manager of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, a multi-sector network of national, state, and local organizations committed to advancing policy solutions on immigration; Public Policy Coordinator for the Southwest Voter Research Institute; Assistant Director of the California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California; Organizer for the Ladies' Garment Workers Union; and Union Representative for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11. 


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