Roberto J. Rodríguez is President and Chief Executive Officer of Teach Plus. He spearheads the movement to grow and strengthen teacher leadership by empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to advance change in education that will yield success for students.
Mr. Rodríguez has dedicated his career to advancing equity, access, and excellence in education. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in education policy and governance, and for his leadership in building multi-sector partnerships with schools, families, and communities to improve educational opportunities for all children. He is devoted to the principle that all students deserve a complete and competitive education that prepares them for college, a career, and lifelong success.
Mr. Rodríguez has served in senior roles in the White House and the United States Senate. From 2009 to 2017, as Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, he developed and led the Administration’s education initiatives to build systemic change and improve opportunity and outcomes across the educational continuum. His efforts led to an increase of tens of thousands of additional children enrolled in early education; new partnerships to better personalize and redesign the high school experience to meet individual needs of students; creation of a new, national focus on excellence in STEM education; and an expansion of the Pell Grant to boost participation in higher education. Under his leadership, support for higher academic standards, enhanced teacher development and advancement, and deeper investment in America’s schools ultimately led to the enactment by the U.S. Congress of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Mr. Rodríguez spent eight years as Senior Education Advisor and later Chief Counsel to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), former Chair of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In this role, Mr. Rodríguez led successful bipartisan efforts that resulted in the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and the Head Start Act of 2007. Mr. Rodríguez began his professional career in Washington, D.C., at Unidos US, where he directed research and policy analysis of federal and state education issues.
Mr. Rodríguez holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.