Vanessa Rodriguez is interim CEO of Citizens of the World Charter Schools.
She was previously chief talent officer for Newark Public Schools in Newark, N.J., where she led the implementation of a groundbreaking pay-for-performance teacher contract. Rodriguez was also CEO of District 79 Alternative Schools and Programs for the New York City Department of Education, a citywide network serves more than 65,000 disengaged, over-aged, and under-credited students. Prior to that, Rodriguez was District 79’s chief of staff and chief operating officer. She also served as national director of recruitment and admissions for New Leaders and held various positions with Teach For America, including leadership roles in Houston and New York City. Rodriguez began her education career as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Bronx and as the school chapter leader for the United Federation of Teachers.
She is a member of the first cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program.