UnidosUS expert on general policy issues, the Latino vote, Census and economic policy.

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Eric Rodriguez

Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

Eric Rodriguez

Generalist on policy issues affecting Latino families, workers, and children; expertise on economic and labor issues including poverty, federal budget, tax, pension, banking, homeownership, welfare reform, employment/ unemployment, and others

Master’s degree, public administration, American University; bachelor’s degree, history, Siena College

Current Position:
Oversight of UnidosUS’s public policy department (Policy and Advocacy) which includes departments covering legislative affairs, public policy research, policy analysis, and field advocacy work; board member of the Center for Financial Services Innovation and the UnidosUS Action Fund, and member of the National Academy of Social Insurance

Previous Position(s):
Vice President, UnidosUS

Selected Publications:

“Why Anti-LGBT Tactics to Divide Latinos and the LGBT Community Won’t Work” (April 2012)

“In Florida, Implementation of Electoral Reform Law Will Suppress Minority Voting Rights” (November 2011)

“A Shared Vision for a New Economy” (October 2010)

“Latino Youth Speak Out on Discrimination in the U.S.” (October 2010)

“How Can Defined Contribution Plans Meet Workers’ Needs?” in Employee Pensions:  Policies, Problems, and Possibilities, coauthored with Luisa Grillo-Chope (October 2007)

Latino Credit Card Use:  Debt Trap or Ticket to Prosperity?, coauthored with Beatriz Ibarra (February 2007)

“Closing the Wealth Gap: Eliminating Structural Barriers to Building Assets in the Latino Community,” Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, coauthored with Beatriz Ibarra (April 2006)

Undercutting the American Dream:  Estate Tax Repeal Would Harm Latinos, coauthored with Luisa Grillo-Chope (April 2006)

Retirement Security for Latinos:  Bolstering Coverage, Savings and Adequacy, coauthored with Peter R. Orszag (July 2005)

The Social Security Program and Reform:  A Latino Perspective, coauthored with Luisa Grillo-Chope (June 2005)

Pension Coverage:  A Missing Step in the Wealth-Building Ladder for Latinos, coauthored with Deirdre Martinez (March 2004)