(CHICAGO-IL)--Res Publica Group, a Chicago-based strategic communications firm,
announced today that Richard L. Rodriguez will be joining the firm as Senior Vice
President. Rodriguez, 40, is currently Commissioner of the Chicago Department of
Environment, where he has served since May 16, 2011.
Rodriguez, an attorney, previously served as President of the Chicago Transit Authority,
the nation’s second largest public transit system. Prior, he served as Commissioner
for both the Department of Aviation, where he managed Chicago’s Airport System,
and the Department of Buildings. He was also Executive Director of Construction
and Permits. Additionally, Rodriguez oversaw strategic initiatives for the Chicago
Public Schools and worked as Managing Director of Operations for the Chicago Housing
Authority. He first joined the City of Chicago in 1999.
“We are in the business of identifying and solving problems in an ever changing
environment,” said Guy Chipparoni, President of Res Publica Group. “Nobody in this
landscape has demonstrated a better ability to do this across all spectrums of public
policy than Rich. He will add a tremendous amount of depth to an incredibly talented
“It has been humbling and gratifying to serve the people of Chicago and two outstanding
mayors. But the fact that I am going to a firm that is practicing at the forefront
of the many issues I’ve worked in will allow me to apply my experience and skills
to tackle new challenges and opportunities,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a wonderful opportunity
for me and my family and I look forward to staying in the public policy field, just
working from a different chair.”
Rodriguez joins a talented team of professionals at Res Publica Group, which was
founded nearly 10 years ago and is now regarded as one of the top strategic communications
firms in the Midwest. Earlier this month, the firm announced it had hired communications
veteran and former investigative journalist, Steve Patterson. Res Publica Group
specializes in media strategy and execution, crisis and issues management, government
and community relations and grassroots advocacy. The firm works for private companies,
non-profit organizations, and advocacy associations in a variety of industries,
including healthcare, transportation, education, manufacturing, labor relations,
and the visitor industry.
In late 2010, the firm launched its interactive web division 36i, offering web design
and development, print design, branding and digital services to accompany and advance
its public affairs strategies.
Rodriguez will transition in early November. In his role, he will straddle organization,
client and new business initiatives.
Rodriguez resides in Chicago and is married with five children. He is involved in
many civic and community organizations and currently serves as the Vice Chairman
of Loyola University’s Council of Regents and is on North Park University’s Leadership
Council, DeVry University’s National Board of Advisors, Casa Central’s Board of
Directors, Daughters of Charity Ministries of Chicago’s Board of Directors and the
Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.
He has also received many leadership awards from community organizations including
the March of Dimes, Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Secretary of State,
The Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Huntington’s Disease Society
of America and the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. He was recognized
by Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Association with a Professional Achievement
Rodriguez has also completed fellowships with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
- Emerging Leaders program, Leadership Greater Chicago and the Metropolitan Leadership