GIS IT WEB Manager | Visiting Professor
WEB Editor Ralph Bunche Journal
Areas of Specialization:
Institutional sectors, Land Use, Urban forestry, coastal development, economic development, historic district planning, neighborhood planning, public participation, survey analysis, survey development, sustainability, technology and policy, zoning
Dr. Rodriguez has served in the public sector for over 15 years. Prior to attainment of his Ph.D., he held the post as the president of KCEL Corporation, a for-profit corporation with a clear social purpose agenda. His work has allowed him to provide teaching services to children in at-risk public schools and economic development training to teenagers in youth-build programs. He has sought and won grants for a variety of public purposes, and served as the Planner in Charge for the development of more than three inner city neighborhoods within the City of Galveston.
During his tenure in the City of Galveston, Dr. Rodriguez was instrumental in the approval of the Beach Access Plan (Ordinance 90:10) and the update of the 1988 comprehensive plan. He was the principal planner on two neighborhood plans and oversaw the complete revision of the city zoning ordinance. The Beach Access Plan, which took into consideration the rights of all Texans for an open and public beach, was used as a blueprint in many communities along the Texas Coast. Dr. Rodriguez employs a unique style in all his work that fosters focusing on the purposes, meeting and exceeding potential, while utilizing practices that endear positive change. These same practices are able to withstand all negative perceptions due to his open approach to public service. Dr. Rodriguez continues his research into the institutional sectors and how they relate to urban forestry and sustainability. He has added the social equity and environmental justice lens to his work while serving in the Mickey Leland Center for Environment Justice and Sustainability.