Veronica is a Latinx organizer from Chicago. She is passionate about intersectional organizing and training that applies a gender, class and race lens. Her organizing and training experience comes from deep grassroots organizing and electoral work in the immigrant rights movement and as a national cross-movement trainer.
As the Director of Organizing at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Vero helped build power in immigrant communities by driving ICIRR's national, state and local campaigns including immigration reform, TRUST Act, deportation defense and state budget fights. While there, she was extensively involved in several cycles of non-partisan voter registration and GOTV campaigns. As the Immigration and Worker Justice Campaign Director at National People's Action she led campaigns that connected immigrant and economic advocacy issues such as divestment from private prisons. During her time as the National Training Director for Planned Parenthood, Vero led the overall vision and plan for national base-building and volunteer and ally engagement program.
Vero has worked on partisan campaigns ranging from local school councils to a U.S. senate seat and held the position of District Director for one of Cook County's most progressive Commissioners, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. Most recently, Vero served as the Campaign Director for Gente4Abrams, a statewide voter mobilization effort to build Latinx political power and get Stacey Abrams elected as Governor of Georgia.
Vero's favorite skill shares include direct action strategy and tactics and teaching people directly impacted by issues to use their stories as a tool for change. You can typically find her hanging out with her large Mexican family and Chewy, her yorkie. Twitter: @VeroCastro