Jaime Castillo is a longtime public affairs executive and former journalist with extensive experience leading teams in crisis communications, stakeholder engagement and issue-oriented campaigns. He has a wide range of experience at the federal, state and municipal government levels.
Jaime most recently served as the Presidentially appointed Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Secretary Julian Castro. He led a 30-member public affairs team for the Cabinet agency which has an annual budget of $46 billion and nearly 8,000 employees. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jaime spent five years at San Antonio City Hall (2009 – 2014), working for then-Mayor Castro as his director of communications before being promoted to Chief of Staff. His responsibilities included managing the the Mayor’s Office staff, maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and overseeing Mayor Castro’s policy agenda.
As the director of communications, Jaime was responsible for developing media strategies across both traditional and social media platforms, in addition to producing talking points and issue-oriented materials, and the planning of events to achieve consensus and buy-in for major initiatives supported by the Mayor.
Prior to joining Mayor Castro’s office, Jaime worked at several newspapers, including the San Antonio Express-News where he capped his career as the lead Sunday Metro columnist after having served as Political Editor, Political Writer and as a State Capital Bureau correspondent.
A native of El Paso, Texas, Jaime earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas at El Paso. He and his wife, Leticia, have two children.