In January 1999 Alex Rodriguez established the Management Consultant firm Rodriguez and Associates. The firm specializes in Business Development for Minority and Women owned companies with emphasis on, Business Development, civil rights and affirmative action issues, fund raising, strategic planning, team building, management support, marketing, security and disaster recovery and telecommunications.
Alex Rodriguez, former candidate for United States Congress, 8th District, Massachusetts, has dedicated more than twenty-five years to serving the people of Virginia, Massachusetts and the U.S. in a variety of complex human service and public institutions. He has worked as a community organizer, educator, human resource specialist, law enforcer, planner, policy developer, and senior political appointee at the City and State level and in a Presidential Administration.
In 1994, Rodriguez was called to Washington, DC by President Bill Clinton to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Department of the Treasury. He resigned that post to run for Congress. Governor Michael Dukakis appointed Rodriguez Chairman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, a post he held from 1984 until 1991, having served previously as a member of the Commission from 1977 to 1981. Immediately prior to his service as a senior Clinton-Gore political appointee, Rodriguez was Chairman of the City of Cambridge License Commission. Earlier in his career he was the Court Monitor for Special Education in Boston as well as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare.
Rodriguez began his career in Boston as a community organizer and community activist at the United South End Settlements. His work was so effective that it led to his being asked by the Peace Corps to train its volunteers in organizing in the Dominican Republic in 1967-68, shortly after the Republic’s Civil War. He later became Executive Director of the Hattie B. Cooper Community Center in Roxbury and for several years was Assistant Executive Vice President of the United Community Planning Corporation, an affiliate of United Way of Eastern Massachusetts. Rodriguez taught Puerto Rican history at Boston College, and he was an instructor in the Laboratory of Community Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Urban Design and Planning faculty where he established a minority fellows program.
A noted public speaker, community leader and activist, Rodriguez has received numerous distinctions and awards. Among these, he was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of Project Interchange, a Washington, DC organization dedicated to strengthening U.S.-Israel ties. In the October 1998 edition of Hispanic Business magazine Rodriguez is included as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.
Rodriguez has a lifetime interest in and commitment to politics beginning with a 1968 run for the Democratic nomination for state representative in Boston's Wards 4 and 10. He was a member of the Ward 4 Democratic Committee in Boston's South End for twenty years, and has been an active member of the Democratic State Committee since 1968. He was a delegate to the 1972 and 1984 Democratic National Conventions and was Co-Chair of Latinos for Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign. In 1992 and 1996, he organized the Massachusetts chapter of ʺAdelante con Clinton.ʺ Along with his wife he founded the Committee for Fairness and Equity, a multi-candidate/issues political committee in Massachusetts; and he was a producer and political commentator for ʺCentro,ʺ a community affairs program of WBZ TV, Boston.
Rodriguez, whose parents were natives of Puerto Rico, was born and raised in New York City. A graduate of Goddard College in Vermont, he did graduate work in sociology at Indiana University, was the first full time Loeb Fellow at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and did course work towards a doctoral degree at the Florence Heller School of Social Welfare at Brandeis University.