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Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs – no confirmation needed

Julie Chávez Rodriguez

by Deedra Abboud in Political
January 23, 2021 0 comments

Julie Rodriguez was appointed to be the director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs by President Joe Biden.

The position: Provides coordination between the White House and state and local governments.

Julie Chávez Rodriguez was born in Delano, California.

She was raised in Tehachapi in a family of well-know labor activists affiliated with the United Farm Workers of America organization.

She is the daughter of Linda Chávez Rodriguez and Arturo Rodriguez, and the granddaughter of American labor activist, Helen Fabela Chávez, and American labor leader, César Chávez.

Her parents were full time volunteers for the UFWA. Rodriguez would often attend labor rallies with her parents and grandparents and assist them in UFWA community outreach activities.

Rodriguez attended Tehachapi High School, and later attended the University of California, Berkeley, where earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Latin American Studies.

During her summer breaks, Rodriguez worked at the AFL–CIO.

She also spent summers volunteering with the UFWA, organizing strawberry pickers in Watsonville, California.

From 2001 to 2008, Rodriguez worked as a program director at the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

She worked as a full-time volunteer for the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama in Colorado.

In 2009, Rodriguez was hired by the Obama administration, initially working as Director of Youth Employment and later as Deputy Press Secretary to former United States Secretary of the InteriorKen Salazar.

From 2011 to 2017, Rodriguez served at the White House Office of Public Engagement as deputy director of public engagement and later served as Special Assistant to President Obama.

Her work as deputy director initially involved immigration and Latino outreach, and evolved over time into the management of the White House’s outreach program to Latino, LGBT, veteran, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Muslim, youth, education, and progressive communities.

On December 11, 2016, Rodríguez was appointed by California Senator Kamala Harris to serve as her state director.

In 2017, Rodriguez was hired by the Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign and served on the campaign until Harris withdrew her candidacy in late-2019. Rodriguez initially served as co-national political director and later took on the role of the campaign’s traveling chief of staff.

In 2020, Rodriquez was hired by the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign as senior advisor to oversee Latino outreach. She was the highest-ranking Latina working for the campaign.

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