Education
  • 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.

Newsworthy

Media MentionSeptember 7, 2017
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro on Joining the LBJ School

Julián Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, spoke to the Alcalde about joining the LBJ School for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Media MentionAugust 29, 2017
Julian Castro to join UT faculty

Former San Antonio mayor and U.S. housing secretary Julián Castro will join the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs next month, the university announced Monday.

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Media MentionAugust 29, 2017
Julian Castro on his new role as faculty member

VIDEO: Julián Castro talks to a local reporter about his new role as a faculty member at the LBJ School.

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