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Romina Castillo

Title: Community Planner, Muse Community + Design
NACTO Title: Speaker, Designing Cities Conference
Romina Castillo

A Mexico City native, Romina Castillo has always been fascinated by urban communities and their relationship with the built environment. For the last five years, Romina has worked closely with Chicago communities in different capacities. Her focus and experience has primarily been on place-based, community-driven projects in the non-profit sector to advocate for equitable mobility, increase access to healthy foods, and promote neighborhood revitalization. Some of her work includes developing engagement processes for the award-winning Space to Grow initiative to reactivate schoolyards with green infrastructure and environmental & wellness programming. Most currently, she is part of a team implementing Vision Zero strategies in Chicago. As the Vision Zero Chicago Community Liaison, Romina’s emphasis is on building coalitions and partnerships with stakeholders to support equitable and safe mobility efforts across the city. Under this role, she also coordinates the Mayor’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Councils. Romina volunteered for Slow Roll Chicago and became its Interim Executive Director during a transitional period at the organization. She actively engages in her own community, including as a board member of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail.