Michael D Rodriguez

22nd Ward Committeeman
3047 S. Lawndale
Chicago, IL 60623
E: rodriguez831@gmail.com
About Michael
Michael D. Rodríguez completed a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in Community Organizing, Planning and Development where he was the recipient of the McCormick-Tribune Fellowship for leadership in Community Development. He earned a BA in Commerce with a minor in Latin American Studies from DePaul University. He received a certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Rodríguez has previously worked with the City of Chicago, Instituto del Progreso Latino and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute. He served on the Public Safety Transition Committees of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was a Fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago and served as Vice President of the National Council of La Raza, Affiliate Council. He also served on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commissioner as appointed by Governor Pat Quinn.

Mr. Rodríguez has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Elizabeth Butler Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago, SSA and the Community Impact Award from Neighborhood Housing Services. Mr. Rodríguez is proud to have been named by President Barack Obama as one of 12 national ‘Champions of Change’ in Youth Violence Prevention.

Mr. Rodríguez currently works for Cook County Government. Before serving at the county, Mr. Rodríguez was Executive Director of Enlace Chicago. Enlace works to make a positive difference in the lives of the residents of the Little Village Community in Chicago. Enlace’s budget rose 41% to $5.2 million with a staff of over 200 during his tenure and Enlace won the Neighborhood Strategy of the Year in 2012 and the Community Plan of the Year in 2015 as awarded by the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, the Chicago Community Trust and LISC Chicago.

Mr. Rodríguez is the Democratic Committeeman of the 22nd Ward in the City of Chicago. He serves on the Board of the Juvenile Justice Institute and is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network, National Fellow, focusing on racial equity and vulnerable children.

Mr. Rodríguez is a lifelong resident of Chicago's Little Village community, where he lives with his wife Jacqueline, four year old daughter Sophia Mar and their dog, Kahlo.