Stephanie Castellanos

Empowering Young People to Fuel Their Life-Work


Stephanie Castellanos is a Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Coalition-Builder, Equity Trainer and Community Organizer. Her experience as the first in her family to graduate from high school and college, as the daughter of Mexican immigrants, and as a product of Inglewood, CA, has fueled her commitment to creating access and opportunities for communities of color.

Stephanie has innovated the recruitment strategies of national education and political organizations, working across more than 30 states including California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and in South Florida for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. 

She is the Creator of equity "WOKEshop" trainings, which have trained over 20,000 youth, young professionals, community and school leaders across the country. She is also the Co-Founder of The Coalition for Diverse Educators (C4DE.ORG), a national grassroots movement to increase teacher diversity in urban public schools. Simultaneously, Stephanie manages a +$1M Community-Based Crime Reduction Initiative in MacArthur Park, CA, as the Public Safety & Community Justice Manager at the Youth Policy Institute. 

She is a Emerge California ‘18 Fellow, New Leaders Council ‘18 Engaged Fellow, and the Director of Professional Development for the Young Professionals Network (YPN) of Latinas Lead California. 

Stephanie was awarded the "Rising Star - Emerging Latina of the Year" Award in 2014 by the National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) and the “Community Activist of the Decade" award from Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Delta Rho, the chapter she founded in 2008. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Urban Planning & Regional Studies. 


Let’s Work Together

D&I Consulting, Equity Training, Community Engagement Expert

  • Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for Nonprofits, School Districts and Public Charter Networks

  • Talent and Recruitment Consulting

  • Career Coaching for Millennials and Gen-Z

  • Education Program Management and Implementation Strategy

  • Grant-Writing Services

  • Community Engagement and Political Organizing Strategy

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