Richard L. Rodriguez has served as Interim CEO of the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) since July 2015. UCSN has a population of over 8,000 k-12 students in 16 schools located in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago.
Rodriguez was most recently Vice President and Business Development Director at Lend Lease, one of the world's leading fully integrated property and infrastructure solutions providers. Prior to joining Lend Lease, Rodriguez was part of the Res Publica Group, a strategic communications firm specializing in media strategy, crisis management, government and community relations and grassroots advocacy.
Previously, Rodriguez served as Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Environment, developing environmental policies, initiatives and programs, and enforcing the City’s environmental code and regulations; as President of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), which is the nation's second largest public transit system; as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Aviation, which oversees the Chicago Airport System, including O’Hare and Midway International Airports; and as Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings, which supports the safety and quality of life for the residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through enforcement of the Chicago Building Code and management of the construction permitting and inspection process.
Rodriguez has overseen strategic sourcing initiatives for the Chicago Public Schools and also served as Managing Director of Operations for the Chicago Housing Authority during its historic “Plan for Transformation” program.
An attorney, Rodriguez began his career as legal counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of Guam. He went on to become Deputy Director of the Disaster Recovery Office in the Guam Governor’s Office and later joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Rodriguez currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University Chicago and DeVry University. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and teaches Political Science as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago. He is married with five children.