Business Development Specialist
In addition to his business development work at AUTM, Frank Rodriguez is engaged in policy work on issues that affect the marginalized and underserved community and serves as the CEO of Equitable Cities. He also serves as Senior Fellow for Leadership Austin and provides advisory services to Leadership Austin’s Fellows Program participants. He previously served for 2 ½ years as a Senior Policy Advisor for the City of Austin’s Mayor, Steve Adler. In this capacity, he was responsible for health policy, the budget, music and arts, energy, and special projects. He was formerly the co-founder and CEO of the Latino HealthCare Forum (LHCF), a Central Texas 501c3 nonprofit focused on removing racial and ethnic health disparities.
Mr. Rodriguez served eight years as a founding Board member from 2004 until 2012 on the Board of Managers of Central Health and served as Treasurer and Vice-Chair for his last two years. Central Health is a taxing public agency that serves the health care needs of Travis County.
Previously Mr. Rodriguez served as the City of Austin’s Budget Director and Assistant City Manager and after leaving City employment worked as a business and financial consultant in various industries including technology, public and private development, and creative industries. Mr. Rodriguez served as the first Chair of the City of Austin’s Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission. He has served on the board of the SIMS Foundation that provides mental health/addiction services for musicians. Mr. Rodriguez served as a founding City Committee member for the creation of the Mexican-American Cultural Center. He has also served as Board President of the Mexic-Arte Museum; Vice-Chair of the Sendero Medicaid HMO; Vice-Chair of the City of Austin's Economic Development Commission; Chair of the Travis County Appraisal Review Board; Board Member of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and President of the Johnson City I.S.D. Currently he serves as Chair of EQ Austin, an organization focused on ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for musicians of color. He is also a professional jazz musician performing with his Latin Jazz quartet, Grupo Gruvo.