Alcario Castellano was born in Artesia, New Mexico. When Al was nine years old, his migrant family moved to California. Upon graduation from high school in Hollister, Al joined the U. S. Army. Al worked in the aerospace industry and as a supermarket retail clerk until his retirement in 1990.
Al and his wife, Carmen, established the Castellano Family Foundation in December 2001. The Foundation is dedicated to the cultivation and enrichment of Latino family values through support of organizations promoting the arts, Latino culture, Latino leadership, the educational pursuits of Latino students, and special interests of the Trustees. The Castellano Family Foundation has awarded grants to more than 150 organizations totaling over four million dollars.
Al and Carmen have been honored with the following: Portraits of Success Award, ABBY Award from the Arts Council Silicon Valley, Tequio Award from the Mexican Consulate, Distinguished Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Latino Community Foundation, Si Se Puede award from the Chavez Family Foundation, PACT 2009 Leadership in Action honorees, “La Familia” award from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, California Chicano News Media Association, and Alcario was named Father of the Year by the American Diabetes Association in 2006.
In addition to serving on the board of Latinas Contra Cancer, Al has served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the American GI Forum. He is an avid videographer and photographer, and has an archive of local community events.