Edwin Rodriguez

Managing Director, Accelerator Programs

J Herbert Smith Centre for TME



Mr. Rodriguez’ professional background as a senior leader in the public sector (U.S. federal and state levels; 2 presidential administrations and 1 gubernatorial administration), private sector (healthcare/ medtech/biotech, management consulting, real estate development, IT/telecom), and non-profit sector (think tanks, chambers of commerce and education reform advocacy) includes leadership of various public-private partnerships and cross-functional teams developing new ventures and initiatives in multiple sectors and industries, domestically and internationally.

In the public sector, his experience included leading a 100+ person program management office executing an HR outsourcing project costing $278MM and projected to generate $173MM in personnel reduction and technology replacement cost-avoidance net savings over seven years, and an e-Procurement project costing $92MM and projected to generate $100MM to $500MM in strategic sourcing savings per year in the last two to three years of the project’s lifespan. In the private sector, Ed’s experience included leading a 50+ person global, cross-functional team developing a new line of business in the embedded (i.e., car navigation systems, smart-phones, etc.) speech software market, a 15+ person cross-functional team developing and commercializing a wireless ECG (electrocardiogram) system, and a minority-owned professional services firm with practice areas in project development, project finance, management consulting, business development, real estate development and government relations.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico Mr. Rodriguez is a U.S. citizen by birth and a Canadian permanent resident by marriage. He speaks English, Spanish as well as some Portuguese, and has lived, traveled and conducted business in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Ed’s education includes an Honors BA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a mid-career MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He currently serves on the boards of the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options as well as the Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and recently served as a mentor for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program, Cohort 3.

Formerly Mr. Rodriguez served on the U.S. Department of Treasury Community Development Advisory Board (Presidential Appointment), the U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board (Presidential/Congressional Appointment), and the U.S. Small Business Administration North Florida District Advisory Council. He is a graduate of Leadership Florida Class XXIV and Leadership Tallahassee Class XXII.