Meet the Team
Board Chair, Founding Board Member
Alejandro Rodriguez is the Director, Nevada for Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). LEE is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organization working to end the injustice of educational inequity by inspiring and supporting a diverse set of leaders with classroom experience to engage civically and politically. As Director in Nevada, he sets and executes the vision for the region and the more than 600 members in the state.
Mr. Rodriguez previously served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Chief of Staff, he advised the Deputy Secretary on a range of management, policy, and operational issues, and managed the day-to-day operations of the office. Mr. Rodriguez worked closely with senior Department leaders as they collaborated to implement the top policy priorities of the Obama administration. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, where he was among the first senior staff directors hired to build the infrastructure from the ground up to support hiring, on-boarding, and office and resource management for more than 500 eventual employees.
He was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, North Carolina. In that position he was tasked with preliminary planning for all aspects of staffing, budget and office build-out, and later helped manage and close out operations. Mr. Rodriguez also served as the Convention Operations Manager for the Democratic National Committee in Washington during the entire site selection process for the 2012 Convention and spent more than three years in the United States Senate serving as an aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Senator Paul G. Kirk, Jr. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Rodriguez worked for Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, the Kerry Edwards 2004 Presidential Coordinated Campaign in New Mexico, and for the Boston Host Committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Mr. Rodriguez graduated with an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and lives in Henderson with his wife, a fifth-generation Nevadan, and his two children.