Eric Rodriguez is vice president at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where he heads the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation (ORAL). In this capacity, he leads a team that oversees the institution’s legislative affairs, public policy research, policy analysis, communications, and civic engagement work. 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. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., 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.
Rodriguez oversees a public policy shop that includes five departments, including a growing civic engagement and field campaign division. NCLR’s issue-based public policy projects cover issues such as health, the economy and labor/jobs, civil rights and criminal justice, immigration, education, and wealth-building. NCLR’s public policy division has more than 40 staff and an annual budget that exceeds $5 million.
Rodriguez was previously responsible for overseeing NCLR’s research, policy analysis, and advocacy activities on a wide range of economic, labor, and family wealth-building policy issues. His background includes work on issues such as tax policy, Social Security reform, welfare reform, workforce development, pension and retirement security, transportation policy, and 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, testified frequently at congressional hearings, and represented NCLR at research and policy conferences and symposia. His work has been widely cited in the press and in policy and academic literature.
In addition to his role with NCLR, Rodriguez serves on the boards of the National Hispanic Council on the Aging and the Center for Financial Services Innovation, and he is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Prior to NCLR, Rodriguez was a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellow and served in U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez’s office. Rodriguez holds a master’s degree in public administration from American University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena College. Rodriguez is originally from Red Hook, Brooklyn.