Lauren Young Casteel

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Lauren Young Casteel (born 1953) is an African-American activist who advocates for social justice. She was inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2014.

The daughter of Margaret Buckner and Whitney Young,[1] she was born Lauren Young in Nebraska and moved to Colorado when she was twenty. Casteel has been a leader of the Denver Foundation, the Hunt Alternatives Fund and the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. At the Denver foundation, she instituted the Nonprofit Internship Program and the Nonprofit Inclusiveness Project; the second project received the Council on Foundations’ Critical Impact Award.[2]

Casteel was the first black woman to head a foundation in Colorado, the first female black TV personality in Colorado and the first female senior communications advisor to a Denver mayor.[3]

She married Charles Casteel, an attorney.[4]


  1. ^ "Margaret B. Young, Writer of Children's Books on Blacks, Dies at 88". New York Times. December 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Lauren Young Casteel". Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. 
  3. ^ "10 to be inducted into Colorado Women's Hall of Fame". Gazette. March 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Delta Eta - History". Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.