Eric Rodriguez is Vice President at National Council of La Raza and oversees the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation (ORAL) which is charged with directing the organization’s legislative affairs, public policy research, policy analysis, and field advocacy work. He is responsible for NCLR’s federal and state legislative priorities and agenda. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Rodriguez is experienced in overseeing NCLR’s public policy and advocacy activities on a wide range of issues. From 2007 to 2008, he served as deputy vice president of the public policy department and previously directed NCLR’s Policy Analysis Center, a position he held for five years. His background also includes work on such issues as tax policy, Social Security reform, welfare reform, workforce development, retirement security, as well as credit, debt, housing, and financial market regulations. He has authored, coauthored, and supervised the preparation of several dozen policy and research reports, journal articles, and editorials. He has also frequently testified at congressional hearings and has represented NCLR at research conferences, policy conferences, and symposia. His work has been widely cited in the press, in policy, and in academic literature.
Mr. Rodriguez also serves on the boards of the Food Research, and Action Center, the NCLR Action Fund, and he is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Prior to NCLR, Mr. Rodriguez was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow and served in U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez’s (D–NY) office. Mr. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in public administration from American University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena College. Mr. Rodriguez is originally from Red Hook, Brooklyn.