Chairman of the Board
Marc A. Rodriguez has gone from being a busboy to an Ivy League graduate to a municipal employee to a successful entrepreneur. Citing perseverance, effective communication and execution as hallmarks of any successful executive, Mr. Rodriguez continually strives to demonstrate these traits in every aspect of his life.
As chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Rodriguez uses his skills as a professional advocate to affect change at local, state and national levels in order to create professional and entrepreneurial opportunities that will generate wealth and prosperity for families and communities.
In his work as a government relations consultant, he uses his personal experience as an entrepreneur to identify with and understand his clients’ industry challenges. Clients also benefit from his expertise as a political adviser, analyst, strategist and tactician. Mr. Rodriguez has worked on state legislative issues for the last 10 consecutive Texas state legislative sessions and has a professional history of representing entities with elected and appointed boards. Additionally, he has coordinated efforts with volunteers, private consultants, and representatives of governmental agencies. As a professional advocate, Mr. Rodriguez has specific expertise to address public policy issues including utility regulation, infrastructure, urban affairs and natural resources.
He is presently the owner of government relations consulting firm and President of TOPE Development, a real estate company.
His current clients include Apple Computer, Bexar County, CPS Energy, Gerson–Lehman Group, HC Public Utility Agency, LRP Group Ltd., Oracle, Pape–Dawson Engineering, Precision Task Group (PTG), Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), San Antonio Water System (SAWS), Texas Water Quality Association (TWQA), and VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Previously, Mr. Rodriguez worked as a government relations consultant with Lloyd, Gosselink, Blevins, Baldwin & Townsend, P.C. as the firm expert on the legislative process and advocacy, and served as a lobbyist for various clients. He also worked as a planner and intergovernmental relations manager for the City of San Antonio, Texas, and was vice president for governmental affairs for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to serving as Chairman of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Rodriguez has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors including the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO), the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, United Way of Central Texas, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Human Services Corporation.
He holds a B.A. in Urban Affairs and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Public Administration from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas. Mr. Rodriguez is married to Jennifer Rodriguez and has four daughters, Alyssa (15), Bella (11), Carmen (9), and Danielle (7).