To continue our series of profiles on members of the NELA Newspapers collaborators, meet Antonio Castillo, President of the Highland Park Heritage Trust. Antonio is one of the primary members of the NELA Newspapers Leadership Committee, and has recently helped the group secure a space for a presentation on the project.
Antonio is a long-time resident and active member of the Northeast Los Angeles community. As an urban planner, he has studied many communities and understands the importance of advocating for the recognition and appreciation of the unique history of each community as a means of shaping collective identity and managing change.
With over 13 years of professional experience, Antonio has held positions in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in urban planning, architectural design, and historic preservation. Antonio earned an A.S. degree in Architectural Technology and Historic Preservation from Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a B.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is currently a Master Degree candidate in Public Administration at California State University, Northridge.