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. Previously, he served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 and mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014.

Castro joins LBJ School faculty in designing 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 21stcentury industries and expanding education opportunities across the city. 

Castro launched into the national arena with his keynote address – the first by a Latino – at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.  In 2014, Castro accepted President Barack Obama's offer of the position of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and upon confirmation, served in that role until 2017.

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


NewsJanuary 9, 2018
Two Former Presidential Appointees to Share Expertise with Students on Housing, Healthcare Policy Through Spring Seminars

The Honorable Julián Castro, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Dr. Mary K. Wakefield, former acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, will share their expertise with LBJ students through a series of spring seminars.

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NewsDecember 18, 2017
Register now for Policy Matters Seminar Series with LBJ School's Julián Castro

Beginning in January, the Honorable Julián Castro, Dean's Distinguished Fellow at the LBJ School and former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will offer a four-week seminar series on policymaking through the lens of housing.

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NewsDecember 15, 2017
LBJ School Semester in Review: Fall 2017

The LBJ School students’ visit with former Vice President Joe Biden made the cover of The Daily Texan’s Semester in Review. Here are some more highlights from a great semester at the LBJ School.

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