Mayor Joe Hogsett has appointed Jordan Rodriguez director of Latino and cultural affairs. He previously served as the mayor’s neighborhood advocate for Wayne and Decatur Townships. In this role, Rodriguez was a resource to diverse Westside neighborhoods, acting as a facilitator for quality of life plans and city projects. He had previously worked as a bilingual constituent services representative in the Mayor’s Action Center, where he gained in-depth knowledge of city services and built relationships with the Latino community. His global perspective is derived from his international upbringing. He was born in Guatemala, the child of a Colombian immigrant and a native Midwesterner, and spent his childhood in both Mexico and Spain. Rodriguez received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science and Biology from Charter Oaks State College. He began his career at Verity College Education, where he created the school’s first-ever Community Outreach Office and Internship Program.