1997 Inductee - Irenemaree Castillo


1997 Inductee - Irenemaree Castillo

Law and Justice

Irenemaree has not only done great things in Stockton, but also throughout the world. Her honors include the Stockton’s Susan B. Anthony Award, “California Woman of the Year”, was twice named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in American. She has received numerous awards from Central American, Stockton’s Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. She has been a keynote speaker and panelist for more than 100 functions in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Irenemaree is honored for her “inspiration, exemplary leadership skills, and strong civic leadership. She is an outstanding example of excellence”, states Lela Nelson, the person who nominated her. Irenemaree managed all regional organizational activities and directed the implementation of 32 programs in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and other territories for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in San Francisco. She supervised the activities of 12 local offices and drafted and executed policies, program priorities and strategic planning.

As an SBA acting Deputy Administrator in Washington, D.C., Irenemaree was a counselor who analyzed, developed and directed policies nationwide. She worked with Congress, federal agencies, and other public and private groups. When she worked as a Senior Associate Attorney in a San Francisco law firm, she organized, developed and managed the administrative and regulatory law department, specializing in the representation of small business and corporate clients.

As owner of her own law firm in Stockton, she has practiced general law with an emphasis on “administrative and regulatory compliance assistance to business concerns. She has appeared before local, state, and federal agencies and has drafted position papers, petitions and legal briefs. Irenemaree has also been in-house counsel for a Stockton computer software company.

Earlier, Irenmaree was Regional Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Guatemala. She developed Mission strategy, policies and priorities, and worked with the leaders of Central American in order to implement the policies. She also worked with Japanese and Canadian Diplomats to assist economic development in Central America.