Jennifer I. Rodríguez, President & CEO
Jennifer I. Rodríguez is the President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC). Prior to joining GPHCC, she was appointed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. In this capacity, Ms. Rodríguez oversaw the implementation of policies and programs that have placed Philadelphia among the most welcoming cities in the nation.
Under her leadership, Philadelphia was recognized at the 2014 National Immigrant Integration Conference as one of the most immigrant-friendly cities in the country. Other notable accomplishments under her leadership include the creation of policies aimed at improving community-police relationships; protecting immigrants from fraudulent service providers; and a charter amendment expanding language access services to persons of Limited English Proficiency. In addition, every September her office produced the largest immigrant heritage festival in the country during National Welcoming and Counties Week. The city also became a founding member of the national Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, Cities for Citizenship, Cities United for Immigration Action, and Welcome.US, which established June as National Immigrant Heritage Month.
Ms. Rodríguez has a noteworthy background and extensive experience in community and economic development. She was Vice President for Community Engagement and Programs at Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha where she oversaw the organization’s efforts to improve quality of life for Latinos in Philadelphia through the development and implementation of a community-driven quality of life improvement plan. As Vice President of Finance at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, she managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of economic development and business loans and investments in communities across Philadelphia, including public financing vehicles such as, CDBG, Tax Increment Financing and New Markets Tax Credits.
In addition to leading GPHCC, Ms. Rodríguez serves on various boards including the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, where she is Vice Chair, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, the Reading Terminal Market Corporation, and the Philadelphia Land Bank. She is also a founding member of GPHCC’s Latino Professional Mentoring Network and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce CEO Access Network.
Ms. Rodríguez is recipient of various awards, including the 2013 NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, the 2012 Rising Star Award from the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and has been named among the region’s 40 Under 40 and Minority Business Leaders by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ms. Rodríguez migrated to the US in 1990 to pursue higher education. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Boston University and an MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a 2014 Leadership for Change Fellow at Drexel University.