Casa Central strengthens strategic direction under new leadership


Marty Castro to support the transition of the Midwest’s largest Hispanic social service organization

CHICAGO, Oct. 11, 2016 – Casa Central, the Humboldt Park-based social service agency, is preparing to transition to new leadership. 

The Board of Directors of Casa Central is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin R. Castro, Esq. as the Interim President and CEO, effective November 1st. Marty will provide executive leadership and assist Casa Central in strengthening its relationships with partners, donors, and advocates.

Marty is President and CEO of Castro Synergies, LLC where he provides strategic consulting services to corporations and non-profits, and will continue in that role as he assumes his role at Casa Central.  Previously Marty was a practicing corporate and commercial litigation attorney for over two decades in Chicago.  

Marty served as Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission from 2009-2015, and he currently serves by appointment of President Barack Obama as the Chair of the United States Civil Rights Commission, a position he has held since 2011. He is a past Executive Committee Member of the Chicago Community Trust, and a current board member at Communities In Schools and the National Museum of Mexican Art.  

Since January 2016, Nilda La Luz has wonderfully served as the Interim CEO and President of Casa Central, while continuing to ensure the uninterrupted delivery of exceptional programs.  Nilda has chosen to accept the role of Chief Operating Officer for Casa Central and will work with Marty as he steps into the interim CEO role.  She has done an outstanding job in that role and the board is unanimously incredibly grateful for her passion and dedication and is pleased that she will continue in a leadership role.

“I am very grateful to Marty for agreeing to lead Casa Central during this transition – we will benefit greatly from the skills and experience he brings to the role,” said Dr. Rosita Lopez, president of Casa Central’s board of directors. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Nilda for the exceptional work she has done as Interim CEO and President, and I’m thrilled that she has agreed to accept the role of Chief Operating Officer.”

“I’m honored to have to opportunity to help build on Casa Central’s legacy of helping generations of Chicagoans meet their full potential.  I look forward to  helping the organization continue forward and prepare it to address the challenges and opportunities that face the community today and tomorrow,” said Marty Castro.

Please join us in thanking Nilda La Luz for her accomplishments and help us welcome Marty Castro as we announce this wonderful news at the Casa Central Gala on October 14th! For further details about the gala, including ticket information, click here:  Annual Gala


Since 1954, Casa Central has delivered evidenced based, award winning programming in response to the needs of the Hispanic community.  Casa Central is nationally recognized for its careful stewardship of a broad spectrum of innovative programs delivered by bilingual, bicultural professionals. Each year, they serve over 20,000 individuals through more than 14 comprehensive program models from early learning programs, to homeless services, to a continuum of care for seniors.

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Media Contact:

Sarajane Johnson

Casa Central

1343 N California Ave.  | Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 645-2447   Fax: (773) 645-2335

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