Estuardo V. Rodríguez, Jr.

Principal & Founder

Estuardo Rodriguez 2020

Estuardo Rodríguez is a principal and co-founder at The Raben Group focused on Government Affairs and Communications. A lawyer by training, he specializes in direct lobbying in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. 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. Through his work 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 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 Fortune 100 clients on their engagement with Congress, the White House, civil rights, and political leaders, identifying partnership opportunities and ways to mutually support innovative policies and programs for the industry, while at the same time providing low-income and diverse communities with high level and affordable products and services they need.

Among his corporate clients at Raben, Estuardo advises Charter Communications, Sony Music Group, T-Mobile, and TIAA Institute, as well as nonprofit organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Estuardo has also increasingly grown the firm’s service around asset management firms and impact investing, working with the Ford Foundation’s division of Mission Investments and standing up a coalition of stakeholder firms to propose greater protections for Main Street investors in closed-end funds.

Estuardo has been featured as a political analyst and commentator on CNN, CNN en Español, Hill TV, 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 our 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 established and led a space where he can successfully advocate on behalf of political and community actors advancing key policy priorities that lift up communities of color through wealth creation and equitable opportunity.