Audience in Lecture






President & Chief Executive Officer


Teach Plus


Roberto J. Rodríguez is president and chief executive officer of Teach Plus, where he builds the teacher leadership movement and supports the contribution of teacher leaders to educational equity and change. Prior to joining Teach Plus, Roberto served in senior roles in the White House and in the United States Senate.

As Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Roberto developed and advanced policies to improve educational opportunity for learners from birth through adulthood. His efforts accelerated investment and change in the K-12 system, added tens of thousands of children to preschool and early learning programs, personalized and re-designed the high school experience, expanded the Pell Grant, and increased support for America’s community colleges. Roberto’s collaboration with Congress ultimately led to the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.

In the United States Senate, Roberto served as principal education advisor to the late U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy and led successful bipartisan efforts to enact the No Child Left Behind Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, and the Head Start for School Readiness Act.

Roberto began his career leading research and policy analysis of federal and state education issues at the National Council of La Raza, a national civil rights organization dedicated to equality and opportunity for the Latino community. Roberto holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He resides with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.