Meet Ana Castilla, 2019 Hispanic Woman of Distinction, Vice President, Florida Regional Community Development Manager,TD Bank
“Strong values and principles together with a commitment to grow spiritually and intellectually through one’s education, work and benefit to others describes the Hispanic ideal in part.”
Ana Castilla will be the first to tell you that those in her position in the community and economic development field are lucky every day to experience the joy and pride that underserved individuals have in purchasing their first home, starting a small business, getting a degree, opening a retirement account or financing their children’s education. She also enjoys bringing partners together to impact the community in innovative and positive ways and leveraging our combined strengths to make our cities and our lives better for everyone.
In addition to her work representing TD Bank and their commitment to the betterment of the communities they serve as their Vice President, Florida Regional Community Development Manager, Ana also volunteers with organizations such as the Centro Campesino Farmworker Center in Florida City where she chairs their Board of Directors. The organization provides affordable housing, financial coaching, parent and youth education programs and job training and placement. They also work with the largely immigrant Homestead and Florida City community providing health, legal, education and civic engagement opportunities to encourage their members to participate in their neighborhoods, schools and local government.
In her work on the board of Miami Homes for All (formerly the Miami Coalition for the Homeless), Ana is actively involved in helping to create and preserve affordable housing opportunities for lower income individuals and families to help vulnerable individuals from finding themselves facing homelessness.
With affordable housing and entrepreneurship as her main work and charitable focus, Ana also has taken a leadership position working with others in organizations such as the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, based in Washington DC, which provides grants for housing and small businesses. She’s similarly involved with Community Housing Partners in Christiansburg, Virginia and Inverness, Florida that develops and manages a large portfolio of affordable homes and apartments in both urban and rural markets. The South Florida Community Development Coalition (SFCDC) in Miami is another organization Ana supports with board service. She contributes to SFCDC’s mission to support the nonprofit, public and private sectors to more effectively collaborate in expanding equitable access to wealth building for all Miami-Dade residents and communities. Her board service with the Florida Community Loan Fund in Orlando supports the organization’s mission to provide the capital needed for nonprofits to support housing, health, education and revitalization investment in underserved Florida neighborhoods.
Ana also recently joined the South Florida Regional Board of Prospera that provides services across Florida to help small businesses to increase profitability, plan and fund expansion and growth and identify new business opportunities.
Born in Washington, D.C. and of Cuban descent, Ana received her B.A. in Communications from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut and her MBA at Florida International University.
For a decade, Ana was adjunct professor in the College of Business and the Center for Financial Training at Miami Dade College and, prior to coming to TD Bank, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in their Miami branch as the Regional Community Development Director.
Along with her two sons, Carlos Manuel and Rolando Antonio, Ana enjoys traveling extensively around both the United States and the world learning about and exposing her sons to other cultures.
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Here are the 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction:
GLORIA L. DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec
ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations
BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages –Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages
KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward: Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”
Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist
LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community
CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade- Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant
JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need
Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College – Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secures Grants to Drive Student Success
MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands
MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR
RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims
LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR:
DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.