Written by: Daniel López
Serving as the first guest speaker after initiating our Congressional placements, Jeyben Castro, Deputy Director of the House Office of Diversity & Inclusion, discussed the importance of Congressional offices hiring staff reflecting the diversity of the country. Through a Zoom meeting, Jeyben encouraged each of the CHLI Global Leaders and Fellows to be active in our communities and share about programs like CHLI, which allows Latinx leaders to work in a Congressional office.
Before speaking about his job in the House of Representatives, Jeyben shared his background and how he got to Washington D.C. I immediately made a connection with Jeyben after sharing he was born in El Sauce, Nicaragua, and migrated to Miami, Florida—we are both Central Americans. Through his network in D.C., he learned that elected officials hired staffers to help them during their time in Congress, leading Jeyben to become a staffer himself.