Media Guide

Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro

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


Immigration policy, advocacy, and politics; Latino issue perspectives; Latino electorate (citizenship, registration, and turnout); Latino voter mobilization efforts; state advocacy; coalition-building

Master’s degree, public administration, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; bachelor’s degree, diplomacy and world affairs, Occidental College; Salzburg Seminar Fellow

Current Position:
Oversight of the organization’s work on immigration and efforts to expand Latino engagement in civic life and public policy debates; board member, DEMOS

Previous Position(s):
Manager, Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Director of State Advocacy, NCLR; Assistant Director, California-Mexico Project at the University of Southern California; Public Policy Coordinator, Southwest Voter Research Institute; Organizer, Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (now UNITE); Union Representative, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) Local 11

Selected Publications:

Strong Families: An Economic and Society Imperative for Successful Immigration Reform (testimony) (2013)

The “Collateral” Damage of Enforcement-Only Immigration Policy (testimony) (2013)

Election 2012: Latinos in the Battleground States (2012)

LEAP:  A Model for Increasing Latino Civic Participation, contributor (2012)

Engaging the Latino Electorate, contributor (2011)

“The Latino Community Wants Accountability in 2010” (2010)

“Latino Participation in Midterm Elections:  A Quick Glance” (2010)

“Latinos Divided on Immigration.  Headline-grabbing?  Yes.  Accurate?  Hardly.” (2010)

“Latinos, Voting, and Future Elections—What’s Next?” (2010)

Latino Voters in the 2010 Election:  Numbers, Parties, and Issues (2010)

“Lessons from Arizona:  Proceed with Caution” (2010)

“What’s Good for Jan Brewer and Russell Pearce is Bad for Arizona” (2010)

Comprehensive Immigration Reform in 2009:  Can We Do It, and How? (testimony) (2009)

The Latino Electorate:  Profiles and Trends, coauthored with Lindsay Daniels (2007)