Family Services of the Merrimack Valley Names Aida Castro Chief Program Officer
LAWRENCE—Family Services of the Merrimack Valley has announced that Aida Castro has been named chief program officer. In this newly created role, Castro will continue to support Family Services’ mission of supporting children and families in reaching their full potential.
Castro joined Family Services in 2006 as a Parent Education Program Coordinator before being promoted to Family Programs Supervisor. Since then, she has led and executed many initiatives at the organization, including creating and expanding the Family Services’ fatherhood and healthy marriage and family programs. In 2011 Castro was promoted to Community Programs Manager, becoming the first Latinx/Hispanic senior leader at Family Services. She most recently held the role of Director of Community Programs, where she worked closely with staff to improve the service delivery to clients, strengthened community and stakeholder relations, and advanced youth and family programming. Castro’s efforts helped Family Services receive an increase in federal, state, local, and private funding. “Through her entire professional career, Aida has shown extreme dedication to helping others,” said Elizabeth Sweeney, CEO. “Aida has strong ties to the local community and has received local and state recognition for all her work. We are thrilled to have Aida continue her professional advancement at Family Services and look forward to her ongoing contribution to the organization.”
As Chief Program Officer, Castro will be a key member of the senior leadership team, managing a large portfolio of programs reaching thousands of residents throughout the Merrimack Valley and spanning. Additionally, Castro will help set the strategic direction of the organization, establishing the organization’s impact on the community for years to come.
Castro holds a Master’s Degree in human services administration from Springfield College. She is a first-generation college graduate.
Outside of work, Castro enjoys participating in local events that promote Latinx/Hispanic arts and culture, and spending time with her husband of 27 years, William, and their two children Adrian and Crystal, ages 20 and 15.
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