Maria Alegria Rodriguez is the first Executive Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition, a bold and dynamic social movement organization that seeks the fair and equal treatment of all people, including immigrants. It builds and aggregates the connection, consciousness, and capacity of its diverse membership across 10 counties in Florida. As a movement architect, Maria’s inclusive leadership has yielded impressive wins in college access, wage protections, and combating criminalization, allowing more people to live, love, and work without fear.
A social entrepreneur, she has co-founded or helped establish half a dozen award-winning organizations, including a free medical clinic, a housing cooperative, an arts & therapy group, and an electoral entity, which are all thriving today. From foreign policy advocacy on Southern Africa and Central America to domestic organizing for quality housing and healthcare at home, Maria brings principled and effective leadership that yields concrete results. She grew up in Puerto Rico in a multi-cultural family, is a graduate of Georgetown University, and is the proud mother of Dante.