Chief of Public Affairs
About – Claudia Rodriguez
Claudia is a strategic thinker who understands the power at the intersection of policy and politics, so she takes a highly organized approach to her work, carefully managing the process to achieve results. Her outreach and policy experience has focused on issues from economic development to public health, where she has advised clients on the most effective ways to implement community affairs programs to support legislative and regulatory approvals at the local, state and federal levels. She has advocated in the Illinois General Assembly, coordinating activists meetings and testimony, as well as conducting direct engagements with state lawmakers.
Previously Claudia served as Acting Executive Director of the Illinois Beverage Association, leading the organization towards the successful repeal of the Cook County beverage tax. Prior to that she worked as a legislative aide to the chairman of the Committee on Health and Environmental Protection where she conducted research and assisted committee members, and the Office of the Mayor with policy introduction, meeting preparation, management and follow-up.
Claudia is a proud lifelong Chicagoan. She currently serves as commissioner of the Little Village Special Service Area #25 on the southwest side and is a board member of the Mexican Civic Society of Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Journalism from DePaul University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.