Grace Castillo

Next Board Member:

Anne Youngblood

Grace is a retiree from the California State University system after serving students for 20 years in various capacities, including as the director of the Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program at California State University, Fullerton. Under her guidance, the program was the recipient of the Child Welfare League of America National Fostering Educational Success Award in recognition of exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment to providing foster youth student support in completing post-secondary education. Her experience also includes working for the Department of Education as a K-12 Senior Foster Youth Education Liaison as well as experience as an administrator in Student Affairs taking a holistic approach, serving students in as it pertains to student health and well-being.


Grace holds a doctorate in Education, Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her research experience includes the first-year experiences of foster youth in higher education and the relationship between emotional personal connections and student academic success. Dr. Johnson has also been an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

"Serving students who have exited the foster care system and providing support so they can obtain a college degree has been part of my life vocation as I believe an education can change the course of ones life! "