Leaders in Action for Justice

Jennefer Castillo

  • SEIU Healthcare Local 775 NW
  • Healthcare
If there were a leadership yearbook, what would your yearbook superlative be and why?

dubbed the likable and former.

What is one of your proudest leadership moments during the past year and why? Feel free to share more than one.

When I was asked to attend deployments in another state, I was excited! Being able to meet new people who do my job without all the benefits I have access to, is inspiring! To see the looks on these caregivers faces after finding out that people, like myself, I wanted to help make me fuzzy inside. I still talk to some who tell me that if it wasn’t for us going and talking to them, where would they be today?!

Looking ahead to this year, what do you want to be the next step in your development as a leader? How will that step help our movement for economic and racial justice?

This next year, is the year of change! I want to be a part of the changes that still needs to come! I want to be a voice for others who may not have one or the courage to use theirs. We all need to work together to accomplish justice for all who have been wrong or taking vantage of by the people who only worry about the 1% of the nation. The 99% should be the ones in control and can make better decisions that affect the rest.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am very excited about the position on the bargaining team, it’s a true excitement for myself and my family and not only that for me to see what happens at bargaining for us caregivers. This is a new opportunity for myself to grow further into the union, knowing enough exactly what is going on not just for my job, but for my neighbors job, my family’s job, my friends jobs, the job that is growing increasingly in this nation that everyone seems to just think that it’s not even a position that anyone should be holding