Rodney K. Nickens Jr. is a progressive, millennial, political strategist and policy consultant and the Regional Policy Manager at the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California. Early in his professional journey, Rodney had the privilege of serving in critical roles on the frontlines of progressive change. Some of the highlights of his public interest career include serving as a Community Organizer in South Los Angeles at the Barbara Jordan Bayard Rustin Coalition in 2009 during the nationwide campaign for marriage equality. Rodney also served as a Public Policy and Networks Associate in Washington, D.C. at the National Black Justice Coalition in 2011, where he was instrumental in the marriage equality campaign in Prince George's County, Maryland. In 2012, Maryland made U.S. history as the first state in the country to approve marriage equality at the ballot box for same-sex couples.
After law school Rodney worked at Public Advocates, a leading San Francisco Bay Area non-profit civil rights law firm and social justice advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity. He has also served as a Law Clerk at the California Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General and worked at the Greenlining Institute, a progressive policy, research, organizing, and leadership development institute in Oakland, working for racial and economic justice. Rodney's most recent accomplishments, include service at the California State Senate and at the Democratic Party of Georgia, as part of their historic coordinated campaign, which sought to elect Stacey Abrams as the country's first Black woman Governor. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of California Merced, a 2011 graduate of UCLA, and a 2016 graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law.