Clarissa Martínez-de-Castro

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

USA Today: 10 years ago, SB 1070 threatened to imperil Arizona’s economy and reputation. Here’s what really happened

Newsweek: 85% of Latinos Want All Immigrants Included In Next Stimulus Package, Poll Finds

Associated Press: Democrats fret as virus halts in-person voter registration