Denisse O. Gastélum was born in East Los Angeles into an immigrant family from Chihuahua and Sinaloa, México. Having come from humble beginnings, her focus on the advancement of the Latino community comes naturally.
Ms. Gastélum completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Political Science and Education. Ms. Gastélum graduated from Loyola Law School, where she served as a mentor for the Academic Support Program, a debate coach for the Johnnie Cochran Middle School Debate Program, a member of the review team for For People of Color, Inc., and a law clerk for The Cochran Firm and the Law Offices of Felipe Plascencia. Following law school, Ms. Gastélum served as a Public Service Corps Fellow for the Honorable Teresa Sánchez-Gordon. She is a founding member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mexican American Bar Association.
Ms. Gastélum is an Associate Attorney at Casillas & Associates, one of the nation’s leading trial firms dedicated to advocating on behalf of those harmed by civil rights violations and catastrophic injuries.