Sandy Rodriguez

Communications Associate

Why I work at Everyday Democracy:

In this modern age of disruption and divides, civility, respect and “everyday democracy” are less visible in our government, our media and our lives.  I work for this great organization that encourages community problem-solving across our nation, through community engagement and dialogue.  


What I love about what I do:

As a strategic, and progressive thinker and doer committed to communications excellence and impact, I support the leadership team and staff here to help them with their most important objectives.  Awareness and comprehension building are the key cornerstones to organizational communications strategies.  At Everyday Democracy I work with the team to build visibility toward meaningful outcomes.


How I got here:

After working in the private sector in financial services marketing, and leading the communications efforts for the Hartford region’s workforce board for over a decade, I took some time to build a small business in marketing consulting and spend more time with family and to volunteer at several organizations.  My part time position at Everyday Democracy enables me to continue my business and volunteering and I now contribute my professional expertise toward helping to fix our nation’s structural and systemic problems of racism, poverty, inequality and unhealthy discourse.


What I do when I’m not helping communities create change:

I am also a 29-year veteran volunteer with The Connecticut Forum – another great organization that recognizes the power of dialogue and collaboration toward progress.  My husband and I live out in the “burbs,” and I am often visiting family around the country including my three grandchildren on Long Island. Contrary to the many “cat people” at Everyday Democracy, I actually have birds who rule the roost in my home.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.