Raquel Castañeda-López (Detroit, United States)

City Councillor, Detroit

Raquel Castañeda-López is a Detroit City Council Member representing District 6, home to the majority of the city’s immigrant communities. She was recently elected to office in 2013, becoming the first Latina ever to serve in this position. A social worker by trade, Raquel has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector developing & implementing innovative youth programming for marginalized communities. She was a Fellow with the Center for Progressive Leaders and New Detroit Multicultural Leaders and recently completed the Transatlantic Inclusion Leadership training with the German Marshall Fund. She founded and currently co-chairs Detroit’s Immigration Task Force.