Crittenton's 2019 Leadership Award Honorees

Crittenton honors women and men who have shown a steadfast commitment to improving the lives and futures of teen girls and young women.

Alejandra Castillo

Alejandra Y. Castillo is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YWCA USA and its network of over 200 associations serving 2.2 million women and girls around the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia. With over two decades of professional experience in Washington, DC, she has served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. Given her policy, legal and business expertise, Ms. Castillo has worked in various public, private and non-profit settings. In 2014, she was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), becoming the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the agency, helping to secure financing and capital in excess of $19 billion and creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.

Through Project 500, The Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Black Chamber of Commerce, she has worked to inspire leaders in the classroom, community, and corporate sphere. Ms. Castillo is a role-model to every Crittenton girl, and especially so for Latina teens in our programs.

Alejandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in economics and political science; a Master of Arts degree in public policy from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and a Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law.

Ms. Castillo considers herself an example of the American dream, and is proud to have raised two amazing nieces she calls her daughters.

Joan Marsh
EVP & Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

Joan Marsh, has been a Crittenton champion for many years. Having built a successful, trailblazing career, she is also a wonderful example for our teen girls of what is possible. Ms. Marsh serves as AT&T’s Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer, responsible for federal regulatory relations, state external and legislative affairs and the national regulatory organization supporting AT&T Communications.

In this role, Ms. Marsh manages the team representing AT&T Communications’ interests before the Federal Communications Commission as well as state legislatures, regulatory bodies and local government offices. Ms. Marsh’s responsibilities are broad and include enterprise and consumer wireline, wireless and video services, and for obtaining regulatory approvals for license transfers and acquisitions.

She continues to help Crittenton thrive having created a strong partnership with AT&T, while also investing personally in our programs. Throughout her professional life, Ms. Marsh has been a mentor to young professional women as they chart their career path. In the community, she has been a mentor through the nonprofit Year-Up, which empowers low-income young adults to transition to professional careers. And she is committed to the STEM-focused organization, Girls who Code, as well as with American Corporate Partners, which helps retiring veterans transition to the private sector through mentoring, networking, and career advice.

She earned her J.D. with Honors from the University of Southern California Law Center and upon graduation was a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California. Ms. Marsh lives in Maryland with her husband and their two unruly dogs.