Roberto J. Rodríguez is President and CEO of Teach Plus. Roberto spearheads the movement to grow and strengthen teacher leadership at Teach Plus, by empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to advance change in education that will yield success for students. Under Roberto’s leadership, Teach Plus unveiled a five-year growth and impact strategy in 2019 driven by a commitment to equity-focused teacher leadership and guided by a mandate to fulfill greater opportunity for students.
Roberto 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.
Prior to joining Teach Plus, Roberto served in senior roles in the United States Senate and in the White House. From 2009 to 2017, he developed and led President Obama’s education initiatives to build systemic change and improve opportunity and outcomes across the educational continuum. His efforts as Deputy Assistant to the President for Education led to an increase of tens of thousands of additional children enrolled in early education; new partnerships to better personalize and re-design 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 Congress of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Prior to his service in the White House, Roberto led legislative and education policy development efforts for the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, former Chairman of the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. As Senator Kennedy’s principal education advisor, Roberto led successful bipartisan efforts to enact 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, among other bills. Roberto began his professional career at the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, Unidos US, where he worked to elevate voice and further educational opportunity across the Latino community.
Roberto holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He resides with his wife and two children in the Washington, D.C. area.