Consuelo Castro

Ms. Consuelo Castro has a law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and an International Relations degree from Universidad Iberoamericana.

Ms. Castro currently works at the Junta de Asistencia Privada para el Distrito Federal as Executive Secretary. From 1994 to 2014 she worked for the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía (Cemefi) as Legal Director. She is also a member of Habitat for Humanity Mexico, and an advisory board member of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), based in the U.S.

She has actively participated in the promotion of legal and regulatory framework initiatives to promote philanthropy and citizenship values in Mexico. For a decade, Ms. Castro worked with groups presenting and promoting a draft bill entitled “Law of Promotion for the Activities Performed by Non Profit Organizations,” which was finally enacted and published in February 2004. In the fiscal field, Ms. Castro successfully advocated to have tax incentives, such as local tax exemptions, for non-profit organizations in Mexico City.

Ms. Castro is a well-published author and she collaborated on the Mexico Report for the “Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015” published by Hudson Institute's Center for Global Prosperity. She is the author of various publications by Cemefi such as the "Assessment of the Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations in Mexico,” published in 2015, and the booklet “Legal and Fiscal Issues of Civil Society Organizations,” published in 2005.  She also collaborated with Laura Randall on the book “Changing Structure of Mexico,” and contributed a chapter on Mexico to the book "Las Fundaciones en Iberoamérica, Régimen Jurídico” (Foundations in Iberoamerica, Legal Framework). Further, she has written for “El Tercer Sector Iberoamericano: Fundaciones, Asociaciones y ONGs” (The Third Sector in Ibero America, Foundations, Associations and NGOs) and coordinated the translation of BoardSource booklets on non-profit governance on topics such as Conflict of Interest, Policy Making, and Board Chair Role.

Ms. Castro has participated as a speaker at both national and international events. She has also served as a consultant and trainer for good governance practices on non-profit boards in countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Perú.

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