Event Name: Managing Generational Differences & 2013 Board of Directors Meet & Greet
Come and learn about this important topic and meet NSHMBA Austin's new board members for 2013.
Speaker: Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr.
M. Rodriguez Jr. currently serves as Vice President of Diversity and Community
Outreach with Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas. He joined the Seton
Family in June 2006 to help expand efforts across the healthcare system in the
areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competence, federal contract compliance
and workforce development.
Rodriguez has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the LBJ School of Public
Affairs teaching US Latino Policy Issues and as an Adjunct Faculty member at
St. Edward’s University focused on Political Leadership, Political
Management/Managing Crisis and Mass Media and Politics. Mr. Rodriguez has over twenty years of public
service experience advising federal, state and local elected officials and
helping manage presidential, gubernatorial, and attorney general campaigns.
Rodriguez also served in the White House Office of Congressional Affairs where
he helped in legislative preparations for the Seattle Round of the World Trade
Organization. In addition, he served as
Deputy Associate Director and later Acting Associate Director in the White
House Office of Presidential Personnel where he was responsible for
recommending a third of the President’s senior level appointments. He was also responsible for advising senior
White House staff on appointments affecting the Hispanic community.
Rodriguez is currently Co-Chair of the Central Texas Health Industry Steering
Committee, a collaboration between health care and academia focused on the
nursing/allied health pipeline and inspiring the next generation of healthcare
professionals. He serves as Chair-Elect
of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Austin Area
Research Organization and is also a Board Member of KLRU-TV, the local public
television station and the Impact Center.
In addition, he serves as a Texas Advisory Board Member for
Environmental Defense, and a Board Member of Leadership Austin, the Texas Democracy
Foundation (Texas Observer), as a Director of the Texas Lyceum and a Tri-Chair
of the AISD Performing Arts Center Task Force.
Rodriguez is co-author of the Diversity chapter in Hospitals: What They Are and How
They Work. In September 2008, he
received the Syracuse University Chancellor's
Citation for achievement in public service. In May
2007, he was chosen one of 25 Young Americans to participate in the American
Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Conference in Thun, Switzerland. In March 2007, he received the Austin Under
40 Award for Government/Political Affairs.
He was named a 2006 and 2005 Rising Star by Texas Monthly. In 2001, he received the St. Edward’s University
Alumni Achievement Award. Mr. Rodriguez
also served as Student Body President of St. Edward’s University.
child, Mr. Rodriguez spent eight months of each year as a migrant farmworker
traveling with his parents from South Texas to the Northwest United States
following the harvest seasons. His
parents continue to harvest crops in Oregon.
Rodriguez, a native of Alamo, Texas, graduated from St. Edward’s University
with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, where he received a four year
academic scholarship and a College Assistance Migrant Program Scholarship. Mr. Rodriguez also attended the Maxwell
School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as a Woodrow
Wilson Fellow and received his law degree from the University of Texas School