U. S. Black Chambers President Applauds Commerce's Appointment of New MBDA Director
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, announced yesterday that Alejandra Castillo has been officially appointed as the new National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). As the daughter of a Dominican small business owner, and practicing attorney for several years, we are certain she brings the proper business acumen and executive leadership for the position.
"I am pleased that Secretary Pritzker has made the formal decision to appoint Alejandra Castillo as the new National Director of MBDA. It is evident that throughout her professional career, she has been committed to the betterment of minority communities nationwide," said U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), President, Ron Busby, Sr. "We have already began on the right foot, working closely with Alejandra and her office to create tangible economic opportunities for minority businesses across the country. We say congratulations to Alejandra and wish her much success in her new appointed role."
Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the MBDA, and only the second woman in MBDA's 45-year history. She first joined the Department of Commerce in 2008 as a Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Association (ITA). Most recently, Castillo served as MBDA's National Deputy Director managing the Agency's day-to-day operations and its national network of more than 44 business centers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. (Alejandra Castillo, Director, Minority Business Development Agency) A native of New York, Ms. Castillo holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in economics and political science. Ms. Castillo holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and also holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from American University - Washington College of Law. In 2010, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized Ms. Castillo among the Top 100 Influential Latino in the U.S. and she received the 2010 Rising Star Award by the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia.