GRPS Graduate is New Assistant Secretary of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education
A former class president at City High Middle School is the new Assistant Secretary of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education.
Roberto J. Rodríguez, a 1993 graduate of City and son of a former member of the Grand Rapids Board of Education, was nominated by President Biden in spring 2021 and confirmed by the full U.S. Senate on October 6, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said of Rodríguez that the son of public-school educators and the grandson of immigrants had devoted his career to organizing, supporting, and elevating the voices and vision of educators in the policy-development process. He added: “Roberto is also a fierce advocate for educational equity who will ensure we prioritize, replicate and invest in solutions that work for all students.”
For GRPS Superintendent Dr. Leadriane Roby both the nomination and confirmation are gratifying. “We congratulate Roberto on this significant honor,” she said. “His life of service began in GRPS, and we believe that he stands for the best of what we seek to instill in all our graduates. He excelled at City, went on to earn degrees at Michigan and Harvard and has dedicated his life to making the world a better place through his work in education. In our 150th anniversary year, we celebrate all of our grads who are doing likewise in whatever work they find themselves.”