Ref Rodriguez

Ref Rodriguez

2016 Ricardo Salinas Scholar, Ricardo Salinas Scholarship

Ref Rodriguez (Los Angeles, California) is proud to represent the diverse communities in Board District 5 as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

Ref Rodriguez (Los Angeles, California) is proud to represent the diverse communities in Board District 5 as a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. He is co-founder of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools), a network of charter schools serving students in Northeast Los Angeles and the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Ref’s original inspiration for starting a charter school was to offer high-quality learning experiences for youth in the predominantly Latino working-class community where he grew up. His outrage for being considered “fortunate” for having graduated from college because of his socio-economic background is what drives him to create and support schools where college graduation is an expectation for all. Before joining the charter schools movement, Ref worked in the business sector and as a teacher and administrator in Catholic parochial schools. He is the first of five children of Mexican immigrants to graduate from college. Ref is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount University, where he developed a master’s and administrative credential program for aspiring leaders in charter schools. He was appointed to the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. (Participated in the Resnick Aspen Action Forum in Aspen, Colorado in July 2016)