A native of Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí, México, Elizabeth Castro Gray grew up in Houston, Texas. From early childhood, she saw firsthand the boundless opportunity produced by her entrepreneur mother’s pursuit of her American dream. María Castro, founder and producer of “La Vaquita” Queso Fresco grew production from a 1-gallon pot of milk in an apartment kitchen to millions of pounds per year.
After graduating from Rice University and working briefly in banking, Elizabeth returned to La Vaquita and, working alongside her mother, grew the company to the second-largest Hispanic cheese company in the United States.
After selling the company in 2012, with her husband Jeff, Elizabeth founded Lamppost Capital Management to invest in and manage residential Real Estate. They have owned and managed 14 single- and multi-family properties totaling 750 units. In 2018 they were named the Houston Apartment Association’s Independent Apartment Owners of the Year, and in 2022 they won the HAA Honors Award for Property of the Year. They are passionate about being a force for positive change and improvement in the communities where their properties are located.
Elizabeth holds the NAA’s IROP, CALP, CAM, and CAPS certifications, is chair of the Houston Apartment Association’s Fire Safety Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hobby Area Management District. In addition to volunteering for charities and local political campaigns, she has served in various capacities for the RNHA Texas chapter.
Elizabeth loves reading, traveling, cooking, and music. She and Jeff are parents to three sons and one daughter and grandparents to Winston Jeffrey.