Bilingual UnidosUS expert on immigration policy, the Latino vote, and civil rights.

Media Guide

Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro

Deputy Vice President, Policy and Advocacy


Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro is passionate about strengthening civil society. As Deputy Vice President at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), 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.

Clarissa is a frequent media commentator on the Latino electorate and immigration issues. Martínez-de-Castro also designed and leads the Rise Above campaign, an initiative to build a positive, accurate narrative of our changing America in order to foster collaborative action. A U.S. Vote Foundation board member, a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar, and a Nantucket Project 2015 Catalyst Fellow, Martinez-de-Castro holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College.

Recent Media Engagements and Commentary