Robert J. Rodriguez
Secretary of State, New York State
Robert J. Rodriguez currently serves as New York’s 68th secretary of state following Governor Kathy Hochul’s nomination.
Rodriguez is a uniquely accomplished leader and former legislator with civic and legislative successes focused strategically on investing in and developing public-good infrastructure projects, creating good-paying jobs, and addressing financial disparities for historically underrepresented minorities and low-income communities.
As a legislator, Rodriguez served as a New York State Assembly member for 11 years, representing Assembly District 68. During his time in the assembly, he focused on protecting and creating affordable housing, bringing good jobs into the community, and ensuring children received a quality education. He served as co-chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, founding chair of the assembly Subcommittee on Infrastructure, and member of Committees on Ways and Means, Housing, Labor, Banking, Corporations and Authorities, and Mental Health.
In the private sector, Rodriguez served as a director at Public Financial Management (PFM), the leading municipal financial advisor in the nation. Prior to PFM, Rodriguez was a vice president at AC Advisory, Inc. and held various management and operations roles at Bloomberg LP.
As a civic leader, Rodriguez served on several volunteer boards, including as chairman of Manhattan Community Board 11 and as a member of the board of directors of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone.
Rodriguez is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a BA in history and political science, and New York University Stern Business School, where he received an MBA in finance. He is also an emerging leader of the New America Alliance and the Council for Urban Professionals (CUP) Fellow.