Julie S. Rodriguez
Vice President, Literacy Services
Julie S. Rodriguez joined RIF in August of 2015 and currently serves as vice president of literacy services. In this role, Julie works to strengthen and promote RIF’s literacy initiatives across the country, including its signature Books for Ownership program and Read for Success, a proven program model aimed at elementary students to reduce summer reading loss and improve literacy proficiency all year long.
Prior to joining RIF, Julie served as the Chief Executive Officer, founding principal and director of Northshore Charter School, a nonprofit public school of choice in Bogalusa, LA where she developed effective academic strategies and successfully recruited students and foundation support to improve the school’s impact. She also served numerous roles with the Louisiana Department of Education and was an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University where she taught literacy education courses.
Julie holds a Master of Education degree from Graceland University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Lindenwood University. She is an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and loves reading mysteries and biographies. As a child, her second grade teacher gave her a copy of Little House in the Big Woods which opened the door to many amazing chapter books. The Phantom Tollbooth however, is Julie’s favorite book from childhood. She loves the imaginative and unpredictable story where she learned one never has to be bored!