Roland Castaneda is the CEO of the Cyber Law Consortium. Mr. Castaneda’s interest in Information Technology began in college and led to graduation with concentrations in Computer Science, Political Science, and Sociology. Upon graduation, in 1969, Mr. Castaneda joined the UNIVAC Division of Sperry Rand with responsibilities in military operations in San Antonio, Texas.
In 1970, Mr. Castaneda entered the Harvard Kennedy School’s inaugural class of an experimental program envisioned by Secretary Robert McNamara which would lead to a Master’s in Public Policy. Mr. Castaneda’s studies were funded by a HUD Fellowship.
In 1971, Mr. Castaneda was admitted to a joint degree program sponsored by the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School.
In 1974, Mr. Castaneda graduated with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
From 1975 to 1994, Mr. Castaneda devoted all of his time to the practice of real estate development law; both in San Antonio and in Dallas.
In 1994, Mr. Castaneda was hired as the General Counsel for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Agency. During this time, the light rail and commuter rail systems for the DFW area were designed, constructed and placed into full service.
In 1998, while serving as DART’s General Counsel, Mr. Castaneda envisioned the creation of a peer-to-peer networking organization for General Counsel that would focus primarily on C-Level management and business practices. Mr. Castaneda recruited the support of his friend, Forrest Smith, and together, they became the lead Founders of a new General Counsel organization known, today, as the Texas General Counsel Forum (tgcf.org). Mr. Castaneda served as the organization’s first President from 1998 to 2002, during which time the TGCF chapters in Dallas, Houston and Austin/San Antonio were established. In recognition of his dedicated service, Mr. Castaneda was given the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus. Today, the Texas General Counsel Forum counts over 600 general and managing counsel as active members.
IN 2002, Mr. Castaneda joined the law firm of Godwin Gruber as a senior equity partner. Mr. Castaneda represented numerous real estate developers and commercial lenders in the development and financing of a variety of commercial buildings and multi-family projects as well as litigation related thereto.
In 2004, Mr. Castaneda retired from the full-time practice of law and now devotes all of his time to a variety of business ventures and social-impact organizations.