Alejandra Y. Castillo is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the areas of federal policy, law, business and management. She currently serves as YWCA-USA Chief Executive Officer and leads the organization’s national effort to eliminate racism and empower women. She has served in two Presidential Administrations and has been instrumental in the design and execution of key public policy and federal programs. In 2014, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Alejandra to serve as the National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Alejandra served as the first Hispanic-American woman to have led the Agency since its creation in 1969. In this capacity she directed the Agency’s efforts to increase access to capital, contracts and markets for minority business owners, with special focus on technology and innovation. Alejandra is an active member in various civic and professional organizations, including: The Hispanic National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Jewish Committee, Project 500 and the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce.