Estuardo Rodríguez is a principal and co-founder focused on Government Affairs. He specializes in direct lobbying in the financial services and telecommunications industries. Having cultivated a powerful network of media relationships, Estuardo is also Raben’s Counsel on Media and Communications.
Throughout his diverse political career, Estuardo’s commitment to outreach in the Hispanic community has been a constant. At the DNC, he built a cross-platform, Spanish-language media network that was leveraged in support of John Kerry’s presidential campaign. He was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo, and has worked on behalf of the U.S. Department of State as an independent political analyst in Latin America and Europe.
Estuardo draws on this expertise, along with a reputation as a tough and charismatic professional to advise telecommunications clients on their engagement with civil rights and political leaders, identifying partnership opportunities and ways to mutually support innovation in the industry, while at the same time providing low-income and diverse communities with the access needed to compete.
At Raben, he advises nonprofit organizations such as the Hispanic Federation, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Latino Corporate Directors Association, as well as corporate clients including Charter Communications, TIAA Institute, and Sprint.
Estuardo has been featured as a political analyst and commentator on Hill TV, CNN, CNN en Español, NTN 24, Univisión, and Telemundo.
Estuardo also employs his influence and leadership on a number of nonprofit and industry boards. He currently serves as the president and CEO of the Friends of the American Latino Museum, a campaign to create a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino on or National Mall. He is also a co-founder of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Estuardo has always been drawn to the District’s unique position at the nexus of national and international politics. He considers himself fortunate to have achieved the opportunity to educate and advocate on behalf of political and community actors to advance key policy priorities.