Lillian Castro

Director of Administration

Succeeding by Example

Lillian got her start in this field as a parent who wanted a voice in improving New York City’s schools. As she became more involved as a school board member, she went to college to earn a degree in education and business administration. “It was monumental in my family. The year I graduated was the year my daughter graduated from middle school,” Lillian said. “My daughter today has a master’s degree,” and a job as a teacher. Her latest success is with a young woman who came to work for her while still in high school, but who felt she was not ready to go to college after she graduated. “We liked her work. She had a lot of potential,” Lillian said. She gave the young woman opportunities to learn on the job and mentored her until she was ready to start college. “She never would have done it without our support.”