Speaker Profile

Genny Castillo

BLUE Institute

Genny Castillo Genny is the COO of BLUE Institute, the premier training program to prepare more young people of color for the leadership of electoral campaign in the South and Southwest. Genny has close to 10 years of experience working in electoral campaigns and administrative roles. During the 2018 campaign cycle, Genny served as the Latinx Constituency Director through the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Coordinated Campaign to one of the country’s most high-profile campaigns in recent history, Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid in Georgia. Genny led one of the most successful Latinx constituency programs in the country, with weekly in-language voter contact events coupled with innovative voter engagement efforts. This work led to a 213.39% increase in voter turnout within the Latinx community which in turn, flipped one of Georgia’s most diverse counties, Gwinnett County. Genny attributes her success in this capacity to her legislative work after serving as the Director of Caucus Services and developing one of the nation’s most successful state legislative caucus internship programs from 2011-2017 for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Genny received her B.S. in Sociology from Berry College and her A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Genny is a graduate of the GALEO Institute for Leadership, LEAD Atlanta Class of 2016 and the GPEE Education Policy Fellowship Program. Genny is a mentor with the Latin American Association and a facilitator for the GALEO Institute for Leadership. In her spare time, Genny enjoys bachata and salsa dancing, and attending weddings.