Vince Casillas

Guest Blogger

President, Casillas Strategies

Joliet, Illinois

Vince Casillas is a second-generation Mexican-American. He founded and became President of Casillas Strategies in 2011. Casillas Strategies is a full-service Public Relations firm which specializes in Strategic Communications & Outreach, Messaging & Branding, Latino Marketing, Government Relations/Lobbying and Parent Engagement Development in Education. Recent clients have included Exelon, Blue Northern Energy, New Schools for Chicago, Citizen Consulting Group, PACO Collective, One Chance Illinois, the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Independent Maps and the Spanish Community Center—Joliet.

Prior to this Casillas was a Partner at Balsera Communications out of Miami, Florida, where he was brought in to oversee operations and business development at the agency’s Washington, D.C., office. Under the leadership of Casillas the firm provided services to the Obama administration, including the Department of Interior, the Federal Communications Commission and the White House. Balsera Communications was responsible for Spanish paid media services during the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign.

In 2008 Casillas was the National Hispanic Communications Director for the Obama for America presidential campaign. In this capacity he served as a campaign spokesperson and worked with national Spanish language press outlets to coordinate interviews with the presidential and vice presidential candidates. This included providing policy briefings for the candidates. He also coordinated all Spanish-speaking surrogate interviews on behalf of the Obama campaign.

Before working on the Obama for America campaign, Casillas was the lead organizer and lobbyist to the Illinois Latino Caucus for A+ Illinois, a coalition that was created to mobilize communities and lobby state legislators to change the way Illinois funds public education.

Casillas got involved in politics after being inspired by the 2007 immigration marches and subsequently worked on his first political campaign as a Coordinator for the Richard M. Daley for Mayor 2007 campaign and then the Iris Martinez for State Senator Campaign as a Strategist. Casillas has also worked for organizations like Greater West Town Academy, Erie Neighborhood House, Lifelink, Illinois Latino Coalition for Prevention, Dominican University and Harold Washington College.

Casillas resides in Joliet, Illinois, and has two children, Diego and Isabella, of whom he is very proud.

RECENT POSTS

Posted Mar. 27, 2018

My Dad Was a DREAMer, and I’m Living That Dream Now

My father came to the United States when he was 5 years old to work as a migrant worker in…

By Vince Casillas

Read Post

OUR NETWORK

Featured Posts

Posted Nov. 14, 2019

After We Impeach Trump, Let’s Impeach All These Other Politicians for Their High Crimes Against Education

Impeachment hearings are underway. In case you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, a whistleblower dropped a bomb that blew up Trump’s…

By Tanesha Peeples

Read Post

Posted Nov. 14, 2019

How to Teach About Impeachment Without Pissing Parents Off

Times are tough for social studies teachers. We are living in a historic moment no matter which side of the aisle, but teaching controversial and…

By Lisa Hollenbach

Read Post

Posted Nov. 15, 2019

DACA Isn’t Just a Debate to Me

Growing up undocumented with immigrant parents, I was made aware of my status and the limitations it imposed on me. I learned to always be…

By Citlali Perez

Read Post

Accountability

How does the federal government support our public schools? Find out the ABC’s of ESEA, ESSA and No Child Left Behind →

Browse by Date

Keep Up With
Education Post

Sign up for weekly emails featuring our top blog posts:

Want more? Get our morning update and join us in #Voices4Ed.

What We’re
Tweeting