Andrea Rodriguez is an Affiliate Fund Development Strategist at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), a nation-wide not-for-profit organization with the mission of protecting and advancing civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. As an in-house consultant, Andrea works to build organizational and fund development capacity across 53 ACLU affiliate offices. Prior to joining the ACLU headquarters in New York, Andrea worked on the fund development team of the ACLU of San Diego first as Development Associate where she focused on operations and special events and then as Donor Relations Manager where she secured philanthropic investments to expand the ACLU’s financial resources. Andrea graduated cum laude from the University of California at San Diego where she received a B.A. in Literatures of the World and a minor in International Migration Studies. As an undergraduate, Andrea spent two years researching migration from Mexico to the United States, including conducting field work in migrant-sending communities in rural Mexico and migrant-receiving communities in the United States. Her team’s findings were synthesized in two anthologies published by the University of California Press in 2007 and 2009. While at the University of California she also spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she volunteered at a grass-roots non-profit seeking to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Rio’s largest favela. Andrea is passionate about international development, especially with regard to women’s empowerment, and enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her dog, and exploring New York City in her spare time. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.