Addys Castillo is a juvenile/criminal justice practitioner with over 25 years of comprehensive experience as a public administrator working with our most vulnerable populations. Throughout her career, Addys has worked with numerous state agencies and non-profits including but not limited to LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership), State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, Project Model Offender Reintegration Experience (MORE) Inc., The California Endowment and The Children’s Aid Society. Her passion for social justice and commitment to leadership led her to the Elm City Children and Families Fellowship with Annie E. Case/Casey Family Services and the National Urban Fellows program.
Through her involvement with Casey Family Services, Addys embraced Results Based Accountability (RBA) becoming an RBA Coach/Consultant assisting organizations in embedding the RBA framework as a tool to measure impact and program effectiveness. As National Urban Fellow, Addys worked at The California Endowment as a Subject Matter Expert in the areas Criminal/Juvenile Justice programing and Trauma Informed Care, providing insight and recommendations to further the work of the Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) Initiative. In her formal role as Director of Youth Justice Services for the Children’s Aid Society, Addys was responsible for the administration and oversight of numerous programs working with New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), New York City’s Department of Probation (DOP) and Administration of Children Services (ACS).
Addys is an anti-racist organizer dedicated towards building people power. As the Executive Director of the Citywide Youth Coalition, Inc. in New Haven, CT she organizes and convenes youth, community members and youth serving organizations towards building a youth-led grassroots movement towards reforming the systems that most impact young people. Addys is also a Core Trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans, LA.
Addys holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Central Connecticut State University; a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and Professional Certificate in Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven; along with a Masters of Public Administration from the City of New York Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs