A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Eva Castillo (she/her/ella) has a long history of working with and advocating for immigrants. She came to the U.S. in 1975 to study at Western Michigan University, and she began her career at the nearby Hispanic American Council. In 1984, she moved to New Hampshire, where she worked first at the New England Farm Workers Council, and later at the Latin American Center in Manchester. She joined MIRA in 2007 as the organizer for the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees, of which she is now Director. Eva also directs the Welcoming New Hampshire initiative.
Eva was honored with the 2017 Martin Luther King Award from the Martin Luther King Coalition and in 2016 received an Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, given to naturalized Americans who have shown outstanding civic engagement.