Jessica Del Castillo is a Political Science and Legal Studies double major at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from San Diego, she has been active in the statewide political arena advocating for student rights and interests as the Campus Action Committee Chair for the University of California Student Association, the Director of State Affairs for the Associated Students of the University of California, and the Regional Senator for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
She has interned for Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez and Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, working on issues such as paid sick leave and increased services for autistic children. She has also served as the Student Trustee and student body President for the Southwestern Community College District where she gained valuable leadership and public administrative experience. She is currently the Student Director for the Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service, and is interning at the Federal Public Defender's Office in Sacramento this summer
Jessica hopes to attend UC Berkeley’s School of Law beginning in 2017 and to someday pursue statewide politics representing the San Diego area. She is interested in the intersection between education, race, and law, and seeks to combine the three in her public service work. She will be studying in Washington, D.C. in the Fall and is finalizing an internship at the U.S. Supreme Court.