Board Member, District 5
Ref Rodriguez is a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, representing the diverse communities in Board District 5 of the second largest school district in the nation. Rodriguez is also a co-founder of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools), a network of charter schools serving students in northeast Los Angeles and the northeast San Fernando Valley. His original inspiration for starting a charter school was to offer high-quality learning experiences for youth in the predominantly Latino working-class community where he grew up. Before joining the charter schools movement, Rodriguez worked in the business sector and as a teacher and administrator in Catholic parochial schools. Rodriguez is also an adjunct professor in the School of Education at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, where he developed a master’s and administrative credential program for aspiring leaders in charter schools. He was appointed to the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013, is a fellow of the inaugural class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship, and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.