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Liza M. Rodriguez, PhD
Improving Education for System-Involved Youth
Liza Rodriguez currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner for Performance Management and Technology at the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services. As Owner and Principal of Rodriguez-Lavergne Consulting LLC, she also provides leadership and management consulting services to nonprofits and foundations in Philadelphia and Puerto Rico.
Prior to her current role, Liza served as the Director of Performance Management for Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, leading efforts to improve how city government measures and tracks the effectiveness of its services. In her prior roles in the government and nonprofit sectors, Liza oversaw research operations at Research for Action, managed the capacity-building practice of the Public Health Management Corporation, served as Director of Communications for the Department of Human Services, and was a Manager of Workforce Development for Congreso de Latinos Unidos. As a Stoneleigh Fellow from 2008-2009, Liza led the research, planning, and development of the Department of Human Services’ Education Support Center, a collaborative initiative between DHS and the School District of Philadelphia to improve the educational stability and achievement of children and youth in out-of-home placements. Liza began her career as a bilingual education teacher with Teach for America. She is a 2015 recipient of the Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellowship.
Liza holds a BA in Latin American and African studies from Duke University, an MA in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in urban education and leadership from Temple University.