Emy Rodriguez has over 15 years of experience designing and launching programs which serve to engage, inspire environmental stewardship and advance equity and community driven change. She is dedicated to supporting people’s movements for justice and liberation, redistributing resources to frontline communities at the forefront of change and working to amplify their voices and stories.
Emy joined The Nature Conservancy’s Cities Network team at its inception in December 2014. In her role as Cities Network Deputy Director, she spearheaded the creation of several equitable grantmaking mechanisms, pushed for open discourse around racial equity via the development of the first Racial Equity Leadership Lab at TNC, was senior co-editor for the Field Guide to Urban Conservation and co-lead 8 successful Cities convenings.
Before joining TNC, Emy led the Environment Program at Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, establishing conservation programs in Santo Domingo, which tackled food insecurity, waste management, and supported the self-determination of urban youth as the next generation of environmental leaders. Emy also successfully launched and served as the Programming Director for the DR Environmental Film Festival 2011-2014, which utilized the medium of film to raise awareness and create spaces for open dialogue on key environmental issues.
Emy Rodriguez was born in Santo Domingo and raised in Holland, the Dominican Republic and the United States. She emigrated to the United States in 1997 as an international student. She holds a BA in Biology and Sociology from Wesleyan University and an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, College Park.