Michael D. Rodríguez is a candidate for Alderman of the 22nd Ward. He has years of experience as a community organizer, non-profit leader and youth mentor. He is an experienced leader who has gained the trust of voters throughout the 22nd Ward.
Mike is the elected Democratic Committeeman of the 22nd Ward, and was elected by his peers as Executive Vice Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, the youngest person to ever serve in in leadership of the Democratic Party. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Juvenile Justice Institute and on the advisory board of Second Federal Self-Help Credit Union. He also serves as Board Chair of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations (UCCRO).
Mr. Rodríguez is the Executive Officer of the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office where he coordinates legislation, budget, and human resources for an office that examines 6,000 individuals who die annually in Cook County due to criminal violence, suicide, overdoses and other cases as defined by County ordinance.
Before serving Cook County residents, Mr. Rodríguez was Executive Director of Enlace Chicago. During his tenure, Enlace’s budget doubled to $5.2 million with a staff of over 200. Also during his tenure, Enlace was the recipient of the Neighborhood Strategy of the Year in 2012 and the Community Plan of the Year in 2015 as awarded by the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards, the Chicago Community Trust and the Local Initiative Support Corporation of Chicago. He is proud to have supported the Little Village hunger strike in 2001 which led to the construction of the Little Village Lawndale High School.
Mr. Rodríguez completed a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, where he was the recipient of the McCormick-Tribune Fellowship for leadership in Community Organizing, Planning and Development. He earned a BA in Marketing with a minor in Latin American Studies from DePaul University and has earned an Executive Leadership certification from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Rodríguez previously worked with the City of Chicago at the office of Alderman Ricardo Muñoz, and at Instituto del Progreso Latino and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Mr. Rodríguez was a Fellow with the Civic Leadership Academy, Leadership Greater Chicago and was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network, National Fellow, focusing on addressing issues of racial equity and improving the lives of vulnerable children in the United States. He also served as Vice President of the National Council of La Raza, Affiliate Council (now Unidos US) and as a Gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
Mr. Rodríguez has received various honors including the Elizabeth Butler Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago, SSA and the Community Impact Award from Neighborhood Housing Services. President Barack Obama named Mr. Rodríguez, one of 12 national ‘Champions of Change’ in Youth Violence Prevention in 2012.
Mr. Rodríguez is a lifelong resident of Chicago's Little Village community, where he lives with his wife Jacqueline, their children Sophia and Diego, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Kahlo.