Dani Castro, MA, MFT

Ms. Castro is a heartfelt and passionate transgender community advocate who seeks to create positive change through her work. She’s co-founded multiple trans serving organizations and coalitions including Trans Advocates for Justice and Accountability (TAJA’s) Coalition and inspires others to promote a society devoid of transphobia. She is currently Project Director of Community Based Research for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (COE) at the University of California, San Francisco, and an international capacity building assistance provider for various organizations delivering HIV prevention and care as well as behavioral health services. Her academic writing is published in the Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health Practice, and most recently, Danielle was awarded the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies International Women’s Day Award for all of her work to advance health care for trans people throughout the country and abroad.
Danielle began her public work to stop transphobia and AIDS when she was 14 years old. Her efforts were voluntary and provided important resources for many SF Bay Area trans and AIDS services organizations. She co-founded the first trans women of color serving organization in Santa Clara County in 2002 while attending college and later was Co-Vice Chair of the founding community advisory board of the COE.
In 2013 Danielle became one of a handful of trans women of color psychotherapy interns in the country. She practiced at Dimensions Clinic at Castro Mission Health Center where she provided counseling for trans and queer youth and their families while simultaneously working at the COE, as Clinical Supervisor for El/La Para TransLatinas, a part-time graduate student and an integral part of organizing trans community events including the SF Trans March, the SF Transgender Day of Remembrance.
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