Veronica Castro was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, where she received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice.
Veronica spent the year after graduation as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with low-income individuals and recently released offenders reentering the workforce. She spent five years with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, working on immigrant advocacy issues including Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act. While there, she was involved in three intense campaign cycles of the New Americans Democracy Project, a non-partisan voter registration and Get Out the Vote drive that seeks to increase immigrant power through civic participation by merging electoral and political organizing.
Veronica has volunteered or worked on campaigns ranging from local school councils to a U.S. senate seat. She is currently the District Director for one of Cook County's most progressive and newest Commissioners. She is passionate about working for social justice, particularly for and with immigrant communities and on issues affecting women of color. You can typically find her hanging out with her large Mexican family and dog (Chewy), wreaking havoc for people in power, or playing Words with Friends on her iPhone.