Director of Government Affairs
Alexis Castro is the Director of Government Affairs at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) and is responsible for building political will in Sacramento for critical issues impacting immigrants in California. Alexis joins CIPC with a broad range of experience. Most recently, Alexis was Legislative Director for Senator Ben Hueso, representing the 40th Senate district, which encompasses California’s entire border with Mexico, and a Committee Consultant for the Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation. Alexis began his career as an organizer improving working conditions and addressing subcontracting at the University of California campuses and medical centers. In these roles, Alexis worked to improve public health outcomes and address the impact of COVID-19 in the border region, increase support for cross-border students, and secure the state’s largest investment in addressing pollution and raw sewage in the Tijuana River Valley.
Originally from the border city of Calexico, CA, Alexis holds a bachelor’s in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Growing up in a single-mother household, the proud son of a farmworker with over 40 years of experience, and in a rural border community with limited economic opportunities is what informs Alexis’ passion for advocacy. He hopes to improve the material conditions of communities that lack economic opportunity and foster the environment needed to build effective and transformative change. Aside from his day job, Alexis volunteers as an organizer and community advocate with Imperial Valley Equity and Justice to improve conditions in Imperial County, assess the impact of stress on farmworkers in Imperial Valley, and educate farmworkers about their rights. He’s also currently supporting the development of ” Let’s Fund Mexico,” a crowdfunding platform that seeks to increase economic development projects in Mexico. Alexis enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, Lucas, and finding ways to unwind by watching TV, attending concerts, or traveling during his free time.