Julián Castro’s Opportunity First PAC Names Executive Director
Maya Rupert has joined Julián Castro’s Opportunity First PAC as its Executive Director. Rupert most recently worked as the Senior Director for Policy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she was responsible for overseeing the Center’s federal, state, and local policy work in the U.S. Prior to that, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to HUD Secretary Julián Castro and earlier, as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel in the Office of General Counsel. Before HUD, she was Policy Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Rupert has also been a contributing writer to a number of media outlets including O Magazine, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and The Huffington Post. The University of California-Santa Barbara graduate, who received her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley, clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal. “Secretary Castro founded this organization with the vision that political change can happen if we invest in - and believe in - a new generation of leadership, so we're working to build a bench of young, progressive, and energetic Democrats by getting them the support and resources they need to run for office - and win. I could not be more thrilled to be a part of this effort and am looking forward to supporting so many future leaders!,” she said. Castro has been open about considering a presidential run in 2020 and has used the PAC to endorse a few successful candidates across the country including Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. More about her here.