Monica Rodriguez was appointed Vice President to the Board of Public Works by Mayor Eric Garcetti in July, 2013, bringing more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in the fields of public policy, government relations and non-profit development. Her experience in economic development and grassroots community affairs has uniquely prepared her for this role.
In her tenure, Commissioner Rodriguez has been widely credited for her leadership in streamlining government processes to make city hall more efficient and accessible to residents and businesses. From creating programs such as the Small Business Academy, to developing Public-Private Partnerships with Coca-Cola for the wildly popular free rain barrel program pilot, Rodriguez is regarded as someone that gets things done.
Prior to joining the Board of Public Works, she served nearly 10 years as an executive with the California Association of Realtors (CAR) where she was responsible for the leading the organization’s Housing Affordability Fund, California's only nonprofit affordable housing trust fund focussed expanding and preserving homeownership for all Californians. During the economic downturn, she created the Mortgage Protection Program which protected families from foreclosure in the event of job loss.
Before joining CAR, Rodriguez served as chief deputy and senior policy advisor for Los Angeles Unified School Board (LAUSD) President Caprice Young. Rodriguez worked with Young as a pioneer of school district reform efforts and cutting bureaucracy.
Rodriguez is no stranger to city hall. As a member of the Riordan Administration and staff to two City Councilmembers, she led the successful business and community revitalization efforts associated with the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative, led community outreach programs to increase civic participation and co-founded the F.I.R.E. Academy, an afterschool program designed to provide at-risk youth school to career education, a unique collaboration between the Los Angeles City Fire Department, LA Community College District and LAUSD.
For the past several years, Rodriguez has served as President of Latinas Lead California (formerly HOPE-PAC), an organization dedicated to the expanding the number of Latinas serving in elected office and appointed decision making roles. She is a leading force in establishing opportunities for younger Latinas seeking to make a change in the political system.
A graduate of Occidental College, Rodriguez, a lifelong resident of the Northeast San Fernando Valley lives in Mission Hills with her husband of 18 years and two children.
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