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Personal Statement

Executive international leadership with a proven results-focused, nonprofit foundation, as well as entrepreneurial professional with extensive strategy implementation, executive national and international project development leadership, vision and management focusing on strengthening families.

James Rodríguez is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Inc. (since 1996), a national and international agency, committed to delivering services, education, training and advocacy to make a difference in the fatherhood field headquarter in California. Mr. Rodríguez has lead the FFCA to support government agencies, community-based organizations, multi-faith based leaders and researchers in the public, nonprofit and private sectors. In 2010, he expanded the FFCA to create an international membership base with an executive leadership of over 50 Affiliates in the U.S., Jamaica, Australia, Puerto Rico, Africa and Bermuda. His vision to champion healthy families through increased professional development led to supportive curricula. Mr. Rodríguez spearheaded the National Families and Fathers Annual Conference, National Fatherhood Practitioner & Healthy Relationship Credential and over 20 regional conferences.  He established a Caribbean fatherhood and families’ conference in Puerto Rico and in Jamaica as well as into African and Australia. These professional development conferences have trained over 20,000 attendees from over 500 U.S. cities and 90 nations with global increase of 10000 additional using virtual platforms.

Mr. Rodríguez has been awarded several recognitions for his professional service throughout the United States which include: The Presidential Lifetime Call to Service Recipient – Office of the President of the United States of America – Hon. President Barack Obama - the Corporation for National and Community Service by the Points of Light Institute, Congressional Certificate of HonorU.S. House of Representatives 18th Congressional District of Texas, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Proclamation of Leadership U.S. House of Representatives 35th Congressional District of California, Maxine Waters, Congressional Certificate of Recognition, U.S. House of Representatives  33rd Congressional District of California, Diane E. Watson, Congressional Certificate of Recognition, U.S. House of Representatives  13th Congressional District of California, Barbara Lee. A Points of Light Recipient for working with youth in gangs while serving active duty in the Armed Forces. These are examples of recognitions for his philosophy of “leadership through following and service” from the Armed Forces, Mr. Rodríguez has been recognized by 100 Black Men for his contributions in developing programs and mentoring young men/boys, and the State of California 47th  District, California State Senate and County of Los Angeles but of all honors, James was immensely honored and humbled by Qutekcak Native Tribe an Alaskan Tribe’s ceremonial Elder proclamation with several local and other national recognitions. 

He has served in leadership on the Board of Directors for 100 Black Men, Black Family Preservation and AGAPE Adoption Agency of Arizona, Fatherhood Corrections Network, Maricopa County Human Services, a founding member of Rehoboth Community Development Corporation, FIBCO Family Services, Inc. and several other community based organizations in service to the community.  He served as a member of the White House Office’s National Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families Network.

Mr. Rodríguez has been honored as featured speaker for the U.S. White House. James was asked to come as a guest featured speaker at the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Conference to focus on the Plight of Young Fathers in America. The State of New York Department of Child & Family Services, Cornell University,  Delaware Fatherhood & Family’s Conference, Association of Black Sociologists Conference, The Du Bois Institute of Clark Atlanta University, 2014 (Symposium Examining Voter Participation & Inclusion 50 Years After The Civil Rights Act & In The Shadow Of The Shelby Decision), Howard University, Morehouse College, Orange County Department of Public Health-Breast Feeding Coalition, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition, The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indian Tribal Tribe,  Qutekcak Native Tribe, National Conference of Hispanic Legislators, United States Congress’ Ways & Means Committee, Tulsa Healthy Start and local, state, national and international forums to advance the needs of children and families.

He has been asked by other legislative entities such as The State of California, The State of Arizona and The State of New York to edify on the impacts of fathers on the well-being of children and families as related to introduced legislations. Mr. Rodríguez has spearheaded three National Town Halls in over ten (10) states with well over 300,000 participants as a process to edify stakeholders on public policy as exampled by the Julia Carson Act, State of the African American Male, Child Support Rules and Regulations 2015 and a current advocate for the Children and Families Trauma Informed Care Act of 2017.

A consultant for Temple University, School of Social Work for the development of the National Fatherhood Research and Practitioner Network, has served as member of the FRPN Steering Committee, and as Senior Research Specialist for Arizona State University’s Hispanic Family Research Project. As an Adjunct Professor for the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work he instructed program evaluation and research. He has testified to U.S. Congress, State House of Representatives and Senate.

Professor Rodríguez established 20 human development courses for Mesa Community College in Arizona and has served as a Professor for MCC and State Director for Cornell University's Family Worker Development Credential and Faculty at Mesa Community College. Professor Rodríguez designed a federal program with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Maricopa Community Colleges to introduce college course within public housing location as well as with National Head Start Association for family literacy project that provided first-generation college students a foundation in early childhood education.  Professor Rodríguez developed 13 courses (Family Preservation) as an Adjunct Professor for Central Arizona College. In 2017, James was asked to join Arizona State University School of Social Work - College of Public Service and Community Solutions as member of the faculty to focus on teaching with aspiring social workers the foundations of social work as well as how policy impacts services for children and families. 

James has served as Principal Investigator for national awarded grants through Center for Disease Control, Office of Refugee/Resettlement and foundation awards. He augmented the development of The Fatherhood Practitioner Research Network at Temple University School of Social Work. He currently serves and/or has served as Principal Investigator for both the American Evaluation Association, Young Fathers (Arizona Department of Economic Security), the U.S. Office of Refugees and Relocation USDHHS for the Somali Association of Arizona, Center for Disease Control – Capacity Building Programs, South Region, National Hispanic HIV/AIDS prevention, as Senior Researcher/Consultant for the Oregon Center for Applied Science: National Institute of Mental Health Hispanic/Latino and/or African American national community for the Parent Depression Research project. James served as a Senior Researcher for Arizona State University’s Hispanic Family Research project working with at-risk Hispanic young parents. James served as a lead Mentor-Head Start Consultant for national reviews of Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.  While serving as Director for Pinal-Gila Community Child Services, Inc.  he developed provided over $43 million in funding to serve high-risk individuals, nation’s first TANF funded young fathers program, community transportation programs and other developed models to advance the aspirations of others.

Mr. Rodríguez retired with meritorious honors in 2003, after serving more than 20 years in the Armed (active duty/reserves) where he was the Director of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program, Combat Medic and Law Enforcement with his 21-year commitment to serve the United States through the Armed Forces.  He is blessed with a wonderful family to include his children Antonio, Amber and Jazmín, along with his daughter-in-law Cassandra.