Ed Rodriguez was raised in Naples, Florida and now lives in Orlando. Two days after graduating high school Ed joined the U.S. Navy where he served as a Hospital Corpsman embedded with the Marine Corps, fighting in the Second Battle of Fallujah in 2004.
Ed recently served as the Deputy Policy Director for the Andrew Gillum gubernatorial campaign and was previously the Deputy Policy Director for the Gwen Graham gubernatorial campaign during the primary election.
Before returning to Florida to get on the campaign trail, Ed worked for seven years in Washington, D.C. in a variety of positions to include veterans advocacy at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, political consulting at Solidarity Strategies, and serving as a legislative aide in the office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Ed is an active member of Truman National Security Project and Film Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with majors in Linguistics and Political Science. In his spare time, Ed enjoys reading, writing, and driving his Jeep Wrangler.
As a proud Floridian, Ed is excited to join NLC’s Orlando chapter to promote progressive values in his home state.