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Rita M. Rodriguez
Rita M. Rodriguez, M.B.A., Ph.D., has long experience working with U.S. and foreign government agencies in international affairs. With Fr. Gap Lo Biondo, S.J., she co-directs Woodstock's Global Economy and Cultures project. She is also on the advisory board of Woodstock’s Arrupe Program in Social Ethics for Business. The GEC project is currently in the process of finalizing a book, Development, Values and the Meaning of Globalization: A Grassroots Approach. Dr. Rodriguez was also featured in the Fall 2010 issue of the Woodstock Report with an article about living wage, a result of her work with the Woodstock Business Leader Seminar.
For over sixteen years, she was a full-time member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, a presidential appointment. At the Bank, Dr. Rodriguez oversaw policy development and was responsible for the formulation of policy objectives and negotiating strategy with regard to international organizations.
Earlier, she was professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago and assistant and associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.
Dr. Rodriguez is the author of numerous books and articles on international finance and is a member of the board of directors of several corporations. She holds degrees from the University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A), and from the New York University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. and Ph.D.)