Castro, Julián | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., Havard Law School
  • B.A. in Political Science and Communications, Stanford University

Julián Castro is the Dean’s Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He served previously as the 16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama (2014-17) and as mayor of San Antonio (2009-14).

Castro joins the LBJ School faculty to help design innovative approaches to the study of public policy, governance and politics. Plans call for him to lead a seminar series examining the complexities of policy development through the lens of housing. Additionally, he will contribute to the school’s strategic engagement with Latin America to tackle complex economic, political, technical and social policy issues.

Castro, a native Texan born and raised in San Antonio, launched his public service career in 2001, becoming San Antonio’s youngest councilman. He was elected to mayor in 2009 and re-elected in both 2011 and 2013. During his tenure as mayor, Castro focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st-century industries and expanding education opportunities across the city.

Castro entered the national arena with his keynote address — the first by a Latino — at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2014, he accepted President Barack Obama's offer to be U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, serving in that role until 2017.

Castro is currently working on a memoir to be published in the fall of 2018.


NewsJuly 23, 2018
LBJ School co-hosts APPAM 2018 International Conference in Mexico City

“Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development” was the theme of the 2018 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) jointly organized the conference, which was held July 19 – 20, 2018. This was the first time that APPAM’s summer international conference was held outside of Europe. 

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FeatureMay 17, 2018
The Graduating Class of 2018: Roosevelt Neely

Civil Rights in Burnt Orange 

“It’s starting to feel real,” Roosevelt said a few days before the LBJ School’s 2018 graduation ceremony.

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NewsApril 10, 2018
Policy on Purpose: Former HUD Secretary Castro Talks Fair Housing, 50 Years Later

This year marks the 50th anniversary since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act, which prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin or gender. As former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Honorable Julián Castro knows as well as anyone some of the most pertinent challenges America faces today.

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