Jackie Rodriguez

Events & Administrative Manager
Los Angeles Office

Why I Do What I Do:

“College provided me with countless opportunities and I believe all students should be given the right resources to succeed in college.”

Alma Mater(s): California State University, Long Beach (GO BEACH!)

Your role in one sentence: Manages Campaign related events and supports the work of senior management.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… doing hot yoga, hanging out at Disneyland, traveling the world, and collecting coffee mugs.

If not higher education then what cause? Recreation and programming. Implementing the “Parks make life better” model and creating both adult and youth programming to help improve the quality of life.

Formal Bio:

As a child to young parents, the importance of pursuing a college degree was embedded at a very early age. Going to college was the only option she knew growing up. Being the first in her family to attend college, Jackie was adamant about attending her first-choice university. Participating in multiple recreational and extra-curricular activities, she was committed to major in Recreation. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Jackie worked for the City of Carson in the Parks and Recreation Department for 8 years. While finishing her undergraduate degree, she interned for Sharefest Community Development, a nonprofit dedicated in transforming communities and empowering at-risk youth. Upon completion of her 400 hour internship, she was offered a full time position as the organizations Program Administrator. Overseeing the Community Development component of the organization, she managed the Annual Community Workday, Summer Youth Development Academy, and the Annual Fall Gala.

Prior to joining the Campaign for College Opportunity, Jackie worked for the City of Los Angeles in the Office of Councilmember Joe Buscaino serving as the field deputy for both Watts and Harbor Gateway Communities. As the eyes and ears of the Councilmen, she was responsible for representing over 75,000 constituents, ensuring city services were met and organizing community events. Having several years working in public service, she is extremely passionate about creating and implementing positive community change.

Jackie is a proud double alumna of California State University, Long Beach. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a minor in Child Development and a Master of Public Policy and Administration.