Kelly Marie Fay Rodriguez (’12) was named one of 15 Leadership Institute Fellows for 2013-2014 by the Center for American Progress. Fellows will participate in a series of CAP-directed seminars, activities, and networking sessions with a broad array of leaders and experts in the progressive public policy movement. This program aims to identify and assist the next generation of policy experts who have an interest in issues related to people and communities of color.
“The fellows selected this year represent some bright minds and sincere desires to bring progressive change through public policy in communities of color,” said Sam Fulwood III, director of the Leadership Institute and a Senior Fellow at CAP.
The Leadership Institute is a product of CAP’s Progress 2050 program, which promotes innovative policy ideas, examines the intersection of race and policy, analyzes demographics, and promotes new leaders from diverse communities.
Fay Rodriguez graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a BA in international studies and Spanish. She worked for several years as a bilingual labor case assistant at the Labor Bureau of the NY State Attorney General’s Office. After graduating from CUNY Law as a Haywood Burns Civil and Human Rights Fellow, Fay Rodriguez joined The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) political department to work on community partnerships for the 2012 national elections. She now works as an immigrant rights activist and legal advocate at the AFL-CIO by assisting the labor organization’s Office of General Counsel.
Read more about the fellows.
Read about Fay Rodriguez’s experience participating in CUNY Law’s Economic Justice Project.