Washington DC Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe announced today that former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chairwoman Ida L. Castro has joined the DNC as Senior Advisor and Director of the DNC Women's Vote Center, the Party's major new initiative, announced in June, to educate, engage, and mobilize women voters across the nation.
"I am proud to welcome a women of Ms. Castro's caliber to lead this incredibly important initiative. Her strategic vision, proven leadership, impressive record of accomplishments and strong commitment to women's issues make her the perfect choice to direct the Women's Vote Center.
"Ms. Castro's groundbreak-ing work on behalf of women and minorities will be a tremendous asset to the Democratic Party, where our commitment or engaging women of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds is stronger than ever," Chairman McAuliffe said. "Our work on the issues that matter most to women and their families is a full-time, year-round focus of the DNC, and we are proud to have Ida Castro leading that effort."
As Chairwoman of the EEOC from 1998-2001, Ms. Castro oversaw the Agency's enforcement of Federal law mandating equal pay and prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. The first Latina Chairwoman in Agency history, Ms. Castro implemented an innovative agenda to increase the fairness, quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the Agency, and achieved record success in streamlining Agency operations, increasing litigation of egregious discrimination and harassment cases, and expanding agency outreach and assistance to underserved communities.
Prior to joining EEOC, Ms. Castro headed the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor from 1996 to 1998. She also served at the Department of Labor as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Workers Compensation Programs from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining the Department, she served as a labor and employment lawyer and a labor education professor at Rutgers University.
Ms. Castro's career also includes extensive work in politics. In 1989, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for David Dinkins' successful New York City mayoral campaign, and in 1992 she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez (NY) in her first successful bid for Congress.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to assist in the Party's long-term effort to activate, mobilize, and incorporate women into the Democratic Party's everyday life," Ms. Castro said. "Women need information and resources to cut through the rhetoric on issues such as education, the environment, and health careand the Women's Vote Center will be an important vehicle to encourage the full participation of women in the electoral process, working to promote policies that will improve the lives of all Americans."