DDCE Staff Profile: Paola Rodriguez

March 28, 2014

Paola RodriguezPaola Rodriguez enjoys running so much that she has participated in a number of races from Race for The Cure, Warrior Dash, Color Run to the Wildflower Race.  She has mainly participated in 5K, 10K and obstacle races, but a marathon race is definitely on her bucket list.

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Paola was partially raised in the Rio Grande Valley.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from UT-Austin and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Policy from UTSA.  She spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in DDCE’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, working at UT Elementary School.  After her time as a VISTA, Paola worked as an ambassador for the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and as a logistics lead under the Dell Scholar Program’s scholarship division.  She worked with underrepresented students managing scholarship funds, mentoring, and designing interventions and academic plans to improve student success rate in college.

Now as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships (LCSP), Paola continues her work with improving academic success for students. She enjoys helping and promoting education to students that come from underrepresented backgrounds.  She loves that her job is fulfilling and rewarding.  Paola enjoys meeting and working with people in the division, of whom she says, “are so inspiring and passionate about promoting and empowering students toward higher education.  I am very motivated to be surrounded with people that work for DDCE.”

Paola serves in the children’s ministry as a teacher at her church and is also the founding member of the Dell Scholar Alumni Network, which she currently serves on the board.  When she is not working or serving on boards, Paola and her fiancée (she will be getting married this year) enjoy attending music concerts and trying new eateries.  They both enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping and running, but the most fun activity is riding a motorcycle together, “he drives it and I accompany him,” says Paola.  Sounds like fun!

–Ruth Ortiz

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