LOS ANGELES— Noelia Rodriguez, former press secretary and director of communications for First Lady Laura Bush, has joined the Broad Foundations as chief of staff and director of external affairs. She will work closely with the Foundation’s founder, venture philanthropist Eli Broad.
As part of President Bush’s administration, Rodriguez acted as Mrs. Bush’s counsel and spokesperson, and was responsible for communication strategy for the First Lady. Prior to her work in the White House, Rodriguez was President and CEO of the L.A. Convention 2000, the host committee for the first Democratic National Convention of the 21st century. She previously served as deputy to former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
“Noelia’s White House experience along with her unparalleled political and communications skills will aid in the work we are doing across the country to improve urban K-12 public schools,” said Broad. “She also understands the many national and civic issues that we are involved in. Her knowledge and love of Los Angeles make her an ideal addition to the Broad team.”
Chairman of SunAmerica and one of the nation’s wealthiest men, Broad has outlined a vision in which a changing economy increasingly relies on a high-skilled, high-performing workforce. With students continuing to fall behind in the current system, the Broad Foundation’s goal is to help the public school system meet 21st century challenges with a radical infusion of a new kind of school leadership. Broad calls this approach venture philanthropy.
The Broad Foundations include: a national education foundation dedicated to dramatically improve K-12 public education through better governance, management and labor relations; a global medical research foundation focused on preventing chronic inflammatory bowel disease; a global art foundation that collects and lends contemporary art; and a local foster care/adoption foundation striving to improve the lives of children in the Los Angeles region.