- Believes in responsible and ethical resource management
- Devoted to creating an Alberta where everyone can thrive thanks to affordable housing, robust childcare and education system, quality health services, and appropriate social programming
- Has extensive experience in NGOs and community groups
Rod is an artist, educator, community organizer, former business owner, and a family man who has lived in Edmonton Millwoods/Ellerslie for over 30 years. His parents immigrated to Edmonton from Latin America in 1976, and their strong family values and work ethic helped their family succeed in their new home in Millwoods. It is that example of hard work, sacrifice, and family values that is evident to all those who know Rod.
Since graduating with his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, Rod has worked both in the private sector and with non-governmental organizations. Rod launched his own business shortly after graduating from university and found that serving people and the community was most rewarding. In subsequent years he transferred his business knowledge to the NGO sector focusing on project management.
Rod’s advocacy experience is strong and diverse, ranging from donating his voice for various organizations and fundraisers, such as Edmonton Community Loan Fund, to collaborating with CJSR Community Radio and Global Visions Film Festival. In addition to these causes, he has directed and produced the community television program “Nosotros” on Shaw Television for the past year. Rod has been involved locally and nationally for over a decade with Development and Peace, an organization dedicated to integral human development in the Global South; while here, he served as Chair of the Edmonton Executive Committee and Education Programmer and was elected to represent the Edmonton Region at the national level. Rod also worked as the Project Manager for Sombrilla Refugee Support Society managing community development projects in Honduras, Guatemala, and Argentina.
Concerned with current policy changes of both Conservative and Liberal governments in Canada, Rod has decided to focus his attention at home, bringing his experience to local programs and projects. He is currently the Programming Lead of the Global Education Program of University of Alberta International and volunteers as the Treasurer of the Knottwood Community League amongst many other community initiatives, such as the Mill Woods Artist/Oral History Living Local project.
Rod firmly believes that people have the right to meaningful work and that the creation of jobs is achievable through the responsible and ethical management of public resources. He is deeply concerned with every citizens right to affordable housing and utilities, childcare and education, quality health care services, and various social programs for children, youth, and seniors.