Laura V. Rodríguez is a visionary leader, who uses her tenacity and experience to ensure clients reach their goals. A principal and founder at The Raben Group specializing in communications, message development, and political strategy, Laura leads the firm’s Texas office, which she established in 2015.
Laura has advised and supported a wide range of charities, think tanks, business associations, advocacy organizations, and private companies since Raben’s founding. Her current clients include the Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development (CREEED), Foundation for a Globally Competitive Texas, the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and the United Way of El Paso County. In addition to her leadership in the firm’s Texas office, Laura also serves as a member of the firm’s management team.
Prior to opening its Texas office, Laura launched Raben’s California office in 2005. While there, she led communications and managed coalition outreach for Proposition 47, a statewide ballot initiative that was overwhelmingly approved by voters and that helped a million Californians reclassify their criminal records. She also helped leading civil rights and research organizations — including MALDEF, The Williams Institute, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice — build their communications infrastructure, increase their media exposure, and establish themselves as national thought leaders.
Laura’s clients have been featured in platforms such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, HuffPost, USA Today, and CNN. While in Raben’s DC office, she spearheaded the effort to establish a National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, DC, and guided advocacy and communications strategy planning for Time Warner Cable. She began her career on Capitol Hill, where she held leadership positions in the offices of Representatives Hilda L. Solis (CA), Loretta Sanchez (CA), and Ronald D. Coleman (TX).
An El Paso native, Laura is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of the Hispanic Lobbyists Association, sits on the boards of the ACLU of Texas and the YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region, and once won a blind tequila taste test.