Houston Native Sandra Rodriguez Joins Latinos For Education to Expand its Advocacy Work Across Greater Houston
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia adds that Rodriguez’s exceptional leadership is an asset for Texas’ Latino community
HOUSTON, TX – Today, Latinos for Education – the first Latino-founded and led national organization dedicated to transforming the education sector by placing more Latinos into the classroom and positions of power and tackling education disparities for Latino students – announced Sandra Rodriguez as the organization’s Advocacy Director for Greater Houston. In this role, Rodriguez will build and manage Latinos for Education’s Greater Houston advocacy strategy from the ground up, elevating the organization’s principles to unite and lift the voice of Latino children and families in all decision making to increase educational outcomes for all Latino students.
Rodriguez, a first generation Mexican American, native Houstonian, and first generation college graduate previously served in the Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office leading the resource centers created to connect families to essential services. Before this, Rodriguez worked for the Houston Health Department leading Multi-Service Centers overseeing programming planning, implementation, and evaluation.
“My extensive work at the grassroots level has provided me the opportunity to experience firsthand the inequities our underrepresented communities face daily. I’m excited to join Latinos for Education,” said Sandra Rodriguez. “This role blends my passion for building capacity with advocating and elevating the voices of our community and to give them the tools and resources to aspire to become better citizens and community partners.”
Her experience connecting community members to critical resources drives her work outside of the office as well. After obtaining her bachelor’s from Springfield College School of Human Services as a single mother, she currently serves as the President of the Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council, is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XLVIII, and is a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.
“Sandra’s exceptional leadership in advocacy, organizing, and community development is an asset for Latinos for Education’s mission to elevate Latino voices,” said Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, 29th District of Texas. “Her grassroots organizing and community work make her ideal for communicating and understanding the needs of the Latino community.”