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 advising leading companies across the 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. 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 through three presidential election cycles.
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, Discovery, Verizon, 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 MSNBC, 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. Through his leadership, the almost three-decade-long campaign finally secured congressional approval to build the long-overdue museum which will house 500 years of American Latino history. The campaign now shifts to ensure that the best location on our National Mall is secured.
A co-founder of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association, Estuardo is also an advisory board member of Support Latino Biz and the American Latino Veterans Association.
Born and raised in Washington, 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.