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Grace Castillo


Next Board Member:

Anne Youngblood

Grace Castillo Johnson Ed.D., is a seasoned Higher Educationprofessional working for the CSU for over 20 years. Most recently she serves in the division of Student Life as the Director of Student Health Services at California State University, Los Angeles.


Prior to this appointment, Grace served in various capacities at California State University San Bernardino in the division of Student Affairs and Fullerton in the division of Administration & Finance and the division of Student Affairs including, Student Health and Counseling and the Guardian Scholars Foster Youth Program. Under her guidance, the program received national recognition from the Child Welfare League of America in recognition of exceptional leadership and demonstrated commitment in providing foster youth support in completing post-secondary education. 


Grace is an alumna of California State University, Los Angeles obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton, and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her research experience includes the first-year experience of foster youth in higher education and the correlation between creating personal connections / student engagement and student academic success. Dr. Castillo Johnson has also been an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies and the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fullerton.

"Serving students who have exited the foster care system by providing the support they need to obtain a college education is part of my life’s vocation as I have seen first-hand the positive impact this can have. If they are given stable housing, access and equitable opportunities to succeed the possibilities are endless!"

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