September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Tidal Basin recognizes several Hispanic employees who give their talent and expertise to Tidal Basin’s humanitarian mission.

Initially observed as a week beginning in 1968 and later expanded in 1988 to cover 30 days, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We witness these contributions every day in communities across the country.

Tidal Basin is proud to be a part of the rich Spanish heritage and tradition in the United States and even more proud of the extraordinary people who mirror the diverse community we proudly serve. Stay tuned. Over the next four weeks, we will profile several of our team members.

Today we are featuring Carlos Castillo,Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer.

Where are you from or the place of heritage?
I am of Cuban descent and was born and raised in South Florida.

What do you love about being Latino/a, Hispanic?
I consider myself lucky. As a Cuban-American, I was raised in Cuban and U.S. cultures. I grew up with the best of both worlds.

What is something you can share about your heritage that most people don’t know about?
Different from many people who immigrated to the United States from Cuba, my parents arrived before Fidel Castro’s revolution. They got married in the US and remained together for 60 years.

Tu plato favorito, what is your favorite food/meal?
Lechón Asado (pig roast) with yucca, black beans, and rice.

Anything else you want to share?
I particularly like the fact that our culture is rich in tradition, especially in family values.