Matthew John Rodriguez
Candidate for Member Representative, Board of Directors
I look forward to serving as your next Board Member advocating at a higher level to foster a more collaborative, diverse, inclusive environment by looking at various options to help our members. As a fierce, devoted, concerned father I fought my way into the PTA as a local volunteer. I was blessed to serve in many roles, and as VP at Mead Jr. High it was the first time, I realized there were more layers to the PTA. I met and sat next to Chuck Saylors the National PTA President Elect, at the Illinois State Convention, and he told me PTA is more than just a mom's fundraising club. It was at that point that I realized I wanted to be a part of PTA's TRUE mission of advocating for ALL kids not just my own!
As I discovered my passion working with various organizations the National PTA sent out the Univision television station to televise my PTA story. All families, volunteers, and individuals look, feel, speak differently and I work hard every day across the country to make sure that ALL of our voices are included. In my relentless dedicated journey, I want to help people where they are at. I am more compassionate and loving than maybe I should be but we ALL need just that someone to be there for us when things are good but ESPECIALLY when things are bad. Over all of these years and because of the PTA I have developed numerous leadership skills, too many to list here but more than willing to share and give back. In my resume you will also see a long list of awards and accolades but among the best one is being called Papi (dad in Spanish).