Brian Castro is an attorney, advocate, and entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. His passion is helping businesses innovate and succeed in heavily regulated environments. Serving as a regulator, policy maker, Obama Administration official, and counsel to diverse businesses of all sizes, Congress, and the Judiciary, Brian has developed a lasting appreciation for the unintended burdens that outdated regulations put on business growth and innovation, and has garnered experience in creating transformative policies that strike the right balance. A results-driven executive with experience leading complex organizations in the public and private sectors, Brian has served as a government official in the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, and U.S. Congress; co-founded and led a startup technology company in becoming one of the first FINRA and SEC-licensed crowd funding portals authorized under the JOBS Act of 2012; protected voting rights and advocated for voters as New Hampshire Voter Protection Director for the Obama-Biden 2012 campaign; and counseled clients in the financial services, technology, and government contracting sectors for nearly two decades. In government, Brian shaped U.S. policy on economic development, procurement, innovation, and regulatory reform in Congress and the Executive Branch; led a national office with a multi-million dollar budget and millions of stakeholders in all 50 states and U.S. territories; and led strategic transformation, organizational design, and innovation integration across information technology, human capital, budget, and financial operations. Brian has served on several non-profit boards and commissions, including the ABA Presidential Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, National LGBT Bar Association, Capital Area Asset Builders, and the Standing Committee for Pro Bono Legal Services of the D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference. A Maryland native, Brian earned a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University, and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.
General Attendance Session One: August 7, 2019 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am