Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Graduate Student

Jonatha Castaneda

Jonathan Castaneda is a first-generation American of Cuban and Colombian descent and a lifelong resident of West New York, NJ. Shaped by his upbringing in an environment of socioeconomic uncertainty, immigration disputes and security issues; his academic and professional aspirations to improve the quality of life and socioeconomic opportunities for his family and his community were defined from an early age. Jonathan graduated from Seton Hall University’s John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations a participant of their Education Opportunity Program. He focused his research on democratization and the effects of security and inequality on electoral behavior in Latin America. He later earned a Master of Public Administration with honors from the same institution, with concentrations in Leadership, Governance, and Policy.

Jonathan is pursuing his Masters in City and Regional Planning with concentrations in Transportation Planning and International/Regional Development from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Jonathan serves as President for the NYC Chapter of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Alumni Association, is on the Non-Traditional Program Advisory Board for Hudson County Community College, and is an avid mentor of Hispanic youth for varied organizations including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and CHCI. Jonathan received the Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellowship from Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics and will be working in the Assembly Majority Office in the spring.