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Lissette Rodriguez

Lissette Rodriguez, Vice President, Chief Program Officer, joined the Foundation in 2010.

She oversees the Youth Development Fund and PropelNext, as well as evaluation and learning at the Foundation. As a member of EMCF’s senior team she provides leadership on major strategic and operational matters for EMCF overall. She is also an Officer of the Foundation, acting as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.   

In her past capacity as Managing Director of PropelNext, Rodriguez planned, launched and oversaw EMCF's initiative to sharpen the skills and advance the effectiveness of promising youth-serving nonprofits.

Before joining the Foundation in 2010, she spent 12 years, the last six as Senior Vice President for Field Development, at YouthBuild USA, where she ran large-scale training and technical assistance programs and provided capacity-building support to early-stage organizations.

Rodriguez acquired experience in grantmaking as a senior program officer and director of the Fund for the Homeless at the Boston Foundation. 

She was also the founding executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, a shelter for homeless Latina women and their children. She has written about nonprofit management as a contributing editor of Nonprofit Quarterly, on whose editorial board she served for six years.

Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s in organizational development from Fielding Graduate University.