For nearly 20 years, Julian Castro has distinguished himself as a strong legal mind, successful leader, and tireless servant of public interest. A former Democratic candidate for President, early on Castro developed career aspirations loftier than many of his peers. A Texas native, Castro began his political career at age 26, when he became the youngest person ever to serve on the San Antonio City Council. Later, in 2012, he got his first taste of national attention when he was the first Hispanic to deliver the keynote address at a Democratic National Convention. Meanwhile, back in the Lonestar State, Castro continued his public service as mayor of San Antonio until 2014, when President Barack Obama named him U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Following his Presidential bid, Castro joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political commentator. Hailing from a politically active Mexican family, Castro has an identical twin brother, Joaquin, who now serves in the U.S. House of Representatives for Texas.
Looking back, Castro credits Stanford University for helping him choose his career in politics. After skipping a year of high school, Castro entered Stanford in 1992 with his twin brother. Emboldened by the many new experiences the college afforded, the brothers started to discover their penchant for leadership. At Stanford, Castro and his twin launched their first political campaigns. Not only did they both win student senate seats at Stanford, they also tied for the highest number of votes. Seeking more experience in politics. Castro also spent one summer working as an intern at the White House during the presidency of Bill Clinton. In 1996, he graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in political science and communications.
Castro's affection for his alma mater has never been called into question. He's already returned a few times, including in 2020, when he came back to speak at a press conference hosted by Stanford Students for Workers' Rights. Likewise, in October 2021, Castro and his twin returned to speak about the Latino experience at a public event titled "Conversation and Comunidad with Joaquin and Julian Castro '96." Around the same time, the brothers also received the excellent news that they were being inducted into Stanford’s Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame, which honors alumni with histories of distinguished service to their communities and to society at large. Castro accepted the award on behalf of the pair, while exploring his memories of Stanford as a student.
“It was the first place where I met people that were different from me, different cultures, different faiths, backgrounds, different dreams,” he said. “In seeing them appreciate their backgrounds, I began to appreciate mine and the place where I came from."