Today, Alderman Jared Littmann (D-Ward 5) announced that Marc Rodriguez has joined his team as Legislative Intern to assist with identifying and addressing issues in the City of Annapolis’ Ward 5, especially those affecting the Hispanic/Latino population.
Alderman Littmann stated “Approximately 17% of the population of the City of Annapolis is Hispanic or Latino, with a majority living in Ward 5. Bringing Marc on board will allow me to continue to identify and address the specific needs and concerns of the rapidly-growing segment of my Hispanic constituency.”
Marc grew up in Mexico to an American mother and Mexican father and completed his primary and secondary education in Mexico City, while spending his summers in Annapolis and his 11th grade year at Key School. The time Marc spent in Annapolis during his formative years had a profound impact on him, which he credits to his active involvement in the community. He was a member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra where he played the violin. He also rowed at the Annapolis Rowing Club, which led to a successful tenure in collegiate and national-team level rowing, an activity that has been described as the ultimate team sport and he continues to practice today.
After receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan, he worked in the financial services industry, which paved his path to China. Shortly after arriving, Marc helped found the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and was elected its second president for a 2-year term. “The opportunity to serve Latino/Mexican interests abroad gave me insight into the importance of politics and policy within the economic development framework for communities,” Marc said.
Subsequently, he joined a boutique consulting firm focusing specifically on providing government and private sector economic development program advisory services between Latin America and China. He now wants to take these experiences and apply them in Annapolis where he has always had deep family roots.
Marc is a young man with purpose and vision: “My career aspirations are to use my cultural proficiency and professional skills to make an impact on people’s lives through the political process. I believe that I can achieve this by actively promoting political engagement by the community in policymaking decisions that directly affect them, particularly in the areas of employment and education.”
After working and living abroad for several years, Marc has recently moved back to Annapolis to formalize his involvement in local politics. He immediately volunteered to work with the Latino community in the Community Plaza program at Annapolis Evening High School, an adult education program from the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, serving the Hispanic community in Annapolis.
“Through my volunteer work I have learned a great deal about the issues currently confronting the Latino community in Annapolis including its diverse nature and unique challenges. I am grateful to Alderman Littmann for the opportunity to assist him in serving the people of Ward 5 and the City of Annapolis,” Marc said.