Miguel Rodriguez is the senior vice president for Government Affairs at American Progress.
Prior to joining American Progress, Rodriguez was a partner with Bryan Cave LLP’s Public Policy and Government Affairs practice in Washington, D.C. Rodriguez’s practice provided clients with legal and political counsel, helping them to formulate strategies that would promote their policy and legislative priorities. He also represented clients in several government investigations, including in inquiries conducted by congressional committees, agency inspectors general, and the FBI.
Immediately prior to joining Bryan Cave, Rodriguez served as an assistant to the president and as director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA). In this role, he served as former President Barack Obama’s primary liaison to the U.S. Congress, working to advance the administration’s legislative agenda and to promote its policy priorities. Among his responsibilities, Rodriguez oversaw the confirmation of the president’s Cabinet and other prominent nominees who required the advice and consent of the Senate, including the secretaries of the departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, and Labor.
Prior to his appointment as director, Rodriguez served as a special assistant to the president in the OLA. In this capacity, he was the White House’s primary point of contact for three appropriations subcommittees and for four standing Senate committees: the U.S. Senate committees on Armed Services; Foreign Relations; Intelligence; and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Rodriguez previously served as the deputy assistant secretary for Senate affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 until 2011. From 2005 to 2009, Rodriguez was chief counsel for then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), also serving as the senator’s legislative director from 2008 until 2009. In these roles, Rodriguez worked with Clinton to formulate her policy agenda and led her legislative team in developing and implementing her policy priorities.
Rodriguez serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Law Center and Elizabeth Seton High School. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999. He is a frequent lecturer at the university and has served as an adjunct professor since 2014.