Thomas H. Castro is the founder and president of El Dorado Capital, a boutique investment firm that partners with a select number of growth companies. He is a part-time operating partner of the Pinto America Growth Fund, LP, a private equity firm that invests in and manages fast-growing companies serving Hispanic consumers.
Thomas has raised more than $350 million of capital for his U.S. and Latin American businesses and founded and managed four companies in the media and energy export sectors, including the largest privately held Hispanic radio company in the country. He co-founded a marketing firm hired by the Department of Justice under the Reagan administration to conduct a domestic advertising campaign in 42 languages that resulted in three million undocumented immigrants becoming legalized. This effort has been Thomas’ most rewarding professional achievement.
Thomas is active in civic and community affairs and has worked with locally and nationally elected officials including the U.S. Senate, National Democratic Party and presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry.
Along with ICIC, Thomas serves on the boards of Time Warner Cable, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Council of La Raza, Teach for America, the NDN Public Policy Center, the Discovery Green Park Conservancy and the Surdna Foundation.
Thomas was educated at Harvard College, the University of Madrid in Spain and CIDOC in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has been recognized for his work in the broadcasting and marketing fields by Ad Week, Radio Ink and Newsweek.