Susan Castillo served as Oregon's Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2003 to 2012.
She was the first Hispanic woman in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, served in the Oregon State Senate from 1997 to 2002, where she was vice-chair of the Senate Education Committee. She was also elected as Assistant Democratic Leader for the 1999 and 2001 legislative sessions.
Castillo is a fellow in the American Leadership Forum, which is dedicated to bringing leaders together to strengthen their skills and better serve the public good. She is a board member of Birth to Three, a nationally recognized non-profit parenting education and support program dedicated to strengthening families. She is also an active member of the Council of Chief State School Officers. In 2004, Castillo was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine.