Director, Career Ladders Project

Naomi CastroAs Career Ladders Project’s Southern California regional director and the organization’s statewide lead for dual enrollment, Naomi provides strategic leadership, including: legislative, regulatory, and policy advising; legislative briefings; creation of professional development materials for the field; and advising for the systems office on dual enrollment. She helps create CLP’s research agenda and is a co-author of CLP’s Dual Enrollment Toolkit, used by practitioners across California. Naomi has led support for multiple large-scale California Career Pathways Trust consortia, Strong Workforce Program projects, and capacity-building projects for Guided Pathways implementation statewide. Now an adjunct professor of education at Compton College, Naomi previously served as Career Pathways Director at El Camino College and as a middle and high school teacher and principal. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy from Pepperdine University, and she holds a master’s degree in teaching and teacher education and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona.