Julián Castro is the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, he served three terms as mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Castro was the first Latino to hold that office and resigned only in 2014 to join the administration of President Barack Obama. He has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 2011.

Castro received a BA from Stanford University in 1996 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 2000. Upon graduating, he worked as an attorney for Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld before starting his own practice and eventually running for a position on the San Antonio City Council in 2001.

In 2010, Castro was named to the World Economic Forum’s list of Young Global Leaders. That same year, Time placed him on its “40 under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.

Castro is on leave from the Dialogue while he serves as secretary.