Ida L. Castro, Associate Dean Equity and Inclusion and Vice President Community Engagement at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) in Scranton, Pennsylvania, has more than 25 years of experience in law, academia, not-for-profit and government agencies. As a founding executive at GCSOM since 2008, Dr. Castro has led effective engagement with diverse communities within Northeast Pennsylvania; diversified MD classes and established meaningful collaborations to reduce health disparities. Castro is the Principal Investigator of a $3.4 million-dollar USHRSA grant and established the Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence. She also established a longitudinal out of school time pipeline program that enabled more than 1500 disadvantaged youth achieve professional careers in health. Prior to GCSOM, served as
the first Latina Chairwoman/CEO of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for eliminating discrimination at the workplace. She also served as the first Latina Commissioner of Personnel for the State of New Jersey. During her tenure, she eliminated the workload backlog, implemented a National Mediation program and in 2004, Castro was appointed as the 2005 Haywood Burns Chair for Civil Rights at CUNY School of Law
Castro has been the recipient of numerous achievement awards, including recognition from the Hispanic Bar Association, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. She is a recipient of the Public Service Award granted by Rutgers School of Law Alumni Association and the only Hispanic woman to be inducted to Rutgers University’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and serves on several foundation and community-based boards. Castro is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico. She received her Master’s degree from Rutgers University and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers –Newark School of Law. She is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters.