Blanca Castro is the Advocacy Director for AARP California, responsible for leading federal, state and local advocacy efforts and coordinating grassroots activities in support of AARP's legislative priorities. She is responsible for strategic development of statewide policy priorities for California which include: Age Friendly Communities, Caregiving/Long Term Care, Financial Resiliency, and Technology. AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. Ms. Castro was born in Mexico City and immigrated to the United States. She grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, attended Alhambra High School, and graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1981. She was a Coro Fellow in Los Angeles in 1993. Ms. Castro is a mother of three sons and five grandchildren.