Guided by her commitment to social justice and equity – a dedication cultivated by family members with a long history of community organizing activity, and reinforced by her work in education and social service agencies in New York City, as well as with school districts and non- profits nationwide. Ms. Rodriguez Leach has over fifteen years of experience as an educator and trainer, non-profit administrator and evaluator, policy analyst, and grantmaker.
Ms. Rodriguez Leach currently serves as Vice President/Education Program Officer at Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation. Prior, she held the Program Officer position at the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation, where she oversaw grantmaking in education, health and human services.
Before entering the philanthropic sector, she served as Director of Admissions and Summer Institute for The TEAK Fellowship, where she selected intellectually curious and accomplished, low-income students from NYC’s public and parochial schools for a comprehensive program that includes placement in the most prestigious high schools in the country.
Ms. Rodriguez Leach also worked as an Education Coordinator at the East Harlem Tutorial Program, where she coordinated all programming for 500 children and their families, managed volunteer recruitment and training, and played a leadership role in its annual program evaluation process. In this position, she also provided extensive technical assistance in curriculum development, program evaluation, and staff training to organizations in New York City and throughout the country. Before her service at EHTP, she was Program Director of Summerbridge Germantown (now known as Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia) and held a teaching position at Germantown Friends School.
Ms. Rodriguez Leach is an alumna of Coro’s Leadership New York program (2006-2007). As a Coro Fellow at Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy, she specialized in education and social policy, with a strong interest in community development. In her policy consultancies, she undertook two important research initiatives: (1) an analysis of the impact of public school finance, evolving political climates, and community development initiatives on the charter school movement in Newark, New Jersey, and (2) an examination of community school initiatives across the country, particularly in cities with mayoral control of the public school system, that inform ways to advance advocacy for scaling up the community school strategy in New York City.
Ms. Rodriguez Leach holds a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management, and received the Jacob M. Kaplan Award for Outstanding Student in Urban Policy Analysis, a top honor given by Milano faculty to the student who exemplifies academic excellence and makes meaningful and significant contributions to the field of urban policy. She earned a B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University.