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International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans


International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Employee Benefits at County of San Mateo

Mr. Castellano is the former benefits manager for the City of San Jose. He also managed employee benefits on an interim basis for the County of San Mateo and the City of San Mateo. In San Jose, Mr. Castellano managed all aspects of the welfare benefits program (currently 13,000 lives) plus the defined contribution retirement program (currently $850 million portfolio), for which he was also an elected trustee. He managed a similar scope of programs in San Mateo County (14,000 lives and $370 million portfolio). In the city of San Mateo, Mr. Castellano consulted in implementing the Affordable Care Act employer requirements and in updating the deferred compensation plan’s governance structure and operations. Mr. Castellano is a current member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Trustees Committee. While continuing part-time work with San Mateo County, he volunteers as an instructor for the International Foundation, as a board member of San Jose’s Federated City Employees Retirement System, as a board member of the San Jose Retired Employees Association, as a board member of his credit union and as chief instructor of a not-for-profit martial arts school. Mr. Castellano is also a proud member of the 1998 charter class of the International Foundation Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy (CAPPP®) program.


Interim Benefits Manager

  • Company Name County of San Mateo
  • Dates EmployedAug 2013 – Present
  • Employment Duration5 yrs 11 mos
  • Location 455 County Center, Redwood City CA 94063

Oversee the County's $75 million welfare benefits programs (health, dental, life, unemployment, counseling, etc.), the $320 million deferred compensation program and the county-wide wellness program.

Interim Benefits Officer

  • Company Name City of San Mateo
  • Dates EmployedMay 2013 – Present
  • Employment Duration6 yrs 2 mos
  • Location 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo CA 94403

Responsible for special projects in employee benefits including Affordable Care Act implementation, Deferred Compensation request for proposals and implementation, benefits web portal, SB 1339 Bay Area Commuter Benefit, conversion to Flexible Spending Account $500 rollover, and migration to new dental third-party administrator.


  • Company Name Volunteer
  • Dates EmployedMar 2012 – Present
  • Employment Duration7 yrs 4 mos

    • Instructor, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
    • Chair, Supervisory Committee, PremierOne Credit Union
    • Board Member, San Jose Retired Employees Association
    • Chief Instructor, Satsuma Dojo
    • General Secretary, Shotokan Karate-Do International—U.S. Federation

Lecturer PT

  • Company Name San Jose State University
  • Dates EmployedAug 2002 – May 2014
  • Employment Duration11 yrs 10 mos

Instructor for Beginning & Intermediate Karate classes at SJSU.

Acting Deputy Director

  • Company Name City of San Jose
  • Dates EmployedSep 2011 – Feb 2012
  • Employment Duration6 mos
  • Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
  • Recreation & Community Services Division

Deputy Director, Parks & Recreation

  • Company Name City of San Jose
  • Total Duration24 yrs
  • Dates Employed2006 – Jun 2011
  • Employment Duration5 yrs

Benefits Manager

  • Dates Employed1992 – 2006
  • Employment Duration14 yrs

City Manager's Budget Office

  • Dates Employed1987 – 1992
  • Employment Duration5 yrs


San Jose State University Degree NameB.S. Field Of StudyPublic Recreation Administration Dates attended or expected graduation 1978 – 1980

Monterey Peninsula College Degree NameAssociate of Arts Field Of StudyGeneral Education Dates attended or expected graduation 1976 – 1978

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