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Megan Castillo

Reimagine LA Coalition Coordinator

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Megan Castillo (she/her) is a grassroots organizer originally from South Central Los Angeles, CA. Megan’s experience as a working-class, first generation college student, as well as a Black woman of color, has greatly informed her lens as an organizer.

Megan is highly committed to upending state sanctioned violence, fighting for liberation and building a better quality of life for all BIPOC identifying peoples, and has dedicated her career to improving the lives of our most vulnerable populations. This includes uplifting community-informed campaigns such as PUSH-LA, People’s Budget LA, and leading campaigns to amplify and support for over 100 Black-Owned businesses across the nation.

Currently, Megan serves as the Reimagine LA - Coalition Coordinator for Measure J, which passed November 2020, and requires L.A. County to spend at least 10% of its general funds on social services and jail diversion programs.

Most recently, Megan has served on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California and also served as the Co-Chair for the USC Black Social Work Caucus.

Megan is the cofounder of #BlackatLMU and in 2019, Megan was awarded the Black community impact award for her dedication and efforts to raise awareness amongst her community. Megan has earned both her Bachelors in Psychology and African-American studies and her Masters in Social Work, with an emphasis in Social Change and Innovation.

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