Kristian Castro is a San Diego native who grew up in a predominantly working class neighborhood. His family of immigrants uprooted themselves from the Philippines and planted the seeds of a new life here in the states hoping for better opportunities. One of the first in his family to graduate from college, Kristian’s experiences in student leadership at UC San Diego cultivated his passions for social justice and community development. After college he served in AmeriCorps, where he developed a volunteer program for a media nonprofit and supported workforce efforts in southeast San Diego. He currently works with the San Diego Urban League on housing and financial literacy projects and is taking urban planning classes through San Jose State University’s Open University program. As a fellow, he is eager to spotlight narratives that convey how city infrastructure, transportation access and urban design play a major role in impacting community health. Kristian is privileged to be part of the fellowship where he can help amplify the stories of the communities he grew up in.