Paul S. Castro is chief executive officer of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS), a multi-faceted, multi-service organization serving individuals and families throughout Los Angeles, California. Prior to becoming CEO in 2000, he held several leadership positions at JFS during his three decades of service, including chief financial officer and associate executive director. In these positions, he used his financial acumen, sound judgment, and insight to help manage the day-to-day operations of the $30 million agency.
A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Castro has more than 35 years of professional and volunteer experience in the nonprofit community. 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. He has effectively advocated for services for the most vulnerable members of the community at the local, state, and federal level. Mr. Castro has served on the boards of Families International and the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies. He is president emeritus of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and a former board member of the Alliance for Children and Families.
Mr. Castro graduated from California State University at Fullerton with a BA in ethnic studies and holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He serves as adjunct faculty at the American Jewish University where he teaches classes in their MBA Nonprofit Management Program.