Aurora Castellanos


Aurora immigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of nine. She grew up in Oakland’s working-class and immigrant neighborhoods. During her high school years, she was able to overcome the fears caused by her undocumented status by engaging in youth organizing. Through youth organizing she found a passion for social justice that continues to shape her values and path.

As the oldest of four, Aurora was the first in her family to attend college. She holds a Bachelor’s in Latin American Studies and Spanish/Portuguese Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from college, she continued to follow her conviction in youth empowerment by working with youth focused organizations in the Bay Area, Coachella Valley, and Sacramento. She was exposed to electoral organizing through her participation in The Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA) Fellowship. Prior to joining Power California, Aurora worked at TOLA to support the development and training of Fellows who were leading health education campaigns in Stockton, CA. Outside of work, Aurora can be found exploring new foodie spots with her partner, going for a walk with her dog, or trying out a new cooking recipes.