Join Katie as she sits down with Marietta Rodriguez, a true catalyst for change. Marietta is the head of NeighborWorks America, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable housing solutions to communities nationwide. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Marietta has dedicated her career to empowering individuals and families to achieve their dream of homeownership. Through her leadership and expertise, she and her team offer a wide range of resources including grant funding, technical assistance, and training to housing and community development professionals. Get inspired by Marietta’s passion and drive as she shares her journey and the impact of her work in creating a better future for communities across the country.
About Marietta Rodriguez: In August 2018, following a 25-year career in affordable housing and community development at the local, regional and national levels, Marietta Rodriguez was named president and CEO of NeighborWorks America, a national, congressionally chartered nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.
In more than two decades with NeighborWorks America, Rodriguez has played a key role in shaping and expanding its homeownership programs, building increased capacity, improving technical assistance and grant management, and strengthening relationship management across the network and with strategic partners. As CEO, she leverages her depth of industry and institutional knowledge, working closely with the board of directors, to ensure that the corporation is positioned as a strong, results-driven resource partner, thought leader and educator for its network and the broader community development field. Rodriguez manages an annual budget of more than $150 million, comprising congressionally appropriated and private funds. She ensures that NeighborWorks continues to be a good steward of those resources, strategically growing the organization’s work in scope and application.
Rodriguez leads a talented national team of experts, making sure they remain innovative, skilled and resourced to provide the network – which includes more than 240 groups in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – with a variety of robust tools, training and strategies to help them reach their community development goals. She has a proven track record of creating and executing initiatives that address some of the toughest challenges facing low- and moderate-income families, such as homeownership, financial capability, and community building and engagement.
As a national expert on affordable housing, Rodriguez also serves as NeighborWorks America’s primary spokesperson, with media credentials including CNN Money, Fox Business, CBS Evening News, ABC Nightly News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Mortgage News, Market Watch on National Public Radio, American Banker and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Rodriguez earned her bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, in international relations and Spanish, and is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government/NeighborWorks America Achieving Excellence Program.