Paul S. Castro serves as senior consultant with Applied Strategy Associates, specializing in executive coaching, organizational development, and interim executive services. In 2018, Castro retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), a multi-faceted, multi‑service social service organization serving more than 100,000 individuals and families annually throughout Los Angeles. Before becoming President and CEO in 2000, he held several leadership positions at JFS during his almost four decades of service, including chief financial officer and associate executive director. In these positions, he used his strategic insight and business judgment to help grow and manage the day-to-day operations of JFS to its current $35 million annual budget.
An active member of the national and regional nonprofit community, Castro currently serves on the board of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and has served on the boards of Families International, the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies (AJFCA), and the California Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC). Castro is a past chair of the board of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, a former board member of the Alliance for Families and Strong Communities, a member of the Nonprofit Finance Fund Healthy Outcomes Initiative Advisory Group, and a member of the Community Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (LA CAPRA).
In 2016, Castro was invited to participate in a convening of 60 health and social sector leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative America to discuss the opportunities and barriers to partnership in the age of value-based payments. Subsequently, Castro was invited by the Nonprofit Finance Fund to sit as an advisor to their Healthy Outcomes Initiative.
A native of Los Angeles, Castro has almost 40 years of professional and volunteer experience in the nonprofit sector. He has worked tirelessly throughout his career to further the opportunities for disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities in the areas of social justice, philanthropy and fundraising. In the early 1990s, he led successful efforts to establish the United Latino Fund, a philanthropic organization which raises and distributes dollars to organizations serving the Los Angeles Latino community. In addition, he has effectively advocated for services for the most vulnerable members of the community at the local, state, and federal level.
Castro has served as adjunct faculty at the American Jewish University and Hebrew Union College graduate programs in nonprofit management, teaching and mentoring future nonprofit leaders in the areas of governance, advocacy, civic engagement, and ethics. Castro graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a BA in ethnic studies and holds a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School.