Mr. David Castro

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
United States

Focus Areas

Leadership Development


I am a graduate of Haverford College (1983) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1986). In 1993, following a successful career both in private practice and as a Philadelphia prosecutor, I was awarded a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Program Fellowship. I studied community leadership and its relation to improving quality of life. Based upon this work, in 1995 I founded I-LEAD, Inc., a school for community leadership development that has served several thousand emerging leaders across Pennsylvania through its affiliation with Pennsylvania Weed and Seed, and its development of an accredited Associate Degree program in Leadership. In 2002, in recognition of my work on behalf of Pennsylvania communities, I was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, which I used to study leadership and its impact on economic and community development in Turkey. In 2009, in recognition of my work in community leadership and education, I was named an Ashoka Fellow by the Ashoka Global Funds for Social Change. Ashoka is an international community of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. I am a teacher at heart, frequently consulted as a speaker, serving on panel discussions and contributing regularly via blogs and articles posted through the Ashoka network, the Kellogg Leadership Alliance and the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. I am the author of Genership: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul, now available in print and e-book formats. I am also the host of Innovate Podcast, a biweekly podcast featuring dialogue with social entrepreneurs, writers, visionaries and researchers engaged in transformative thinking, action and creative collaboration. Innovate is produced by Ashoka, Innovators for the Public, the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal and I-LEAD. Innovate is sponsored by Arch Street Press.